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Modesto City SchoolsCandidate for Board Member, Area 5

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Charlene G. West

School Counselor/Professor
2,232 votes (58.02%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Responsible Financial Oversight
  • High Expectations for Student Achievement
  • Promotion of Vocational Programs



Profession:School Counselor/Adjunct Professor
School Counselor, Sylvan Union School District (2001–current)
Adjunct Professor, Brandman University (2006–current)


Oxford Graduate School Doctor of Philosophy, Sociological Studies (2004)
California State University, Stanislaus Master of Arts, Educational Counseling (1996)
California State University, Hayward Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies with a concentration in Theater (1983)

Community Activities

Involved in local theater companies in the central valley, Gallo Center for the Performing Arts, Merced Shakespeare Fest, Murphy's Creek (2012–current)


I earned my MA and PPS Credential in Educational Counseling from CSU, Stanislaus, and my Doctorate degree from Oxford Graduate School.  I have worked as a middle school counselor for the Sylvan District for the past 17 years, and in Stockton for 6 years prior to that.  I am also an Adjunct Professor with Brandman University and involved in the theater arts programs through Gallo Performing Arts Center.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Michael Moradian, Jr., Business Owner, La Loma Association
  • Richard Carnes, Executive Director, Brandman University
  • Dr. Jim Johnson, Emeritus Professor/Administrator MJC

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

We are facing unprecedented challenges in public education.  Working with "at-risk" students and families for over 22 years, I can offer a unique perspective in understanding the needs of students, families, and school personnel.  I believe in responsible financial oversight, safety and security for our students, high expectations for student achievement, promotion of vocational programs, and ensuring the effective use of current technology in the classroom.

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