A Message from the Board
Dr. Gary Elder
Dr. Gary Elder is a teacher at University Preparatory High School in Victorville. Dr. Elder has lived in the Victor Valley since 1991. He was elected to the Victor Elementary School District in November of 2006. His hobbies include weight lifting, cycling and reading. He is married and has two children.
Friendship, Justice and Learning are the three great aims of Sigma Chi Fraternity. These values inspired me to have respect for the brotherhood I had joined; to maintain personal integrity; and to serve... first as a volunteer, then by becoming a public school teacher, before being elected as Trustee to the VESD Board of Education.
Volunteering and community service provide excellent free opportunities for young people to participate in new areas, gain new experiences, and to meet peers who can share and support their common interests. My avocation is drawing, which led to collecting comic books, then to attending conventions. My parents supported a year-round involvement on the San Diego Comic - Convention organizing committee, followed by terms elected to their Board of Directors between 1975 and 1986.
My wife, Therese is a Language, Speech and Hearing Specialist for Apple Valley Unified School District, a U.S. Navy veteran and American Legion Member. We have been homeowners in Victorville since 2011, and residents since 1999. For fitness I practice Karate, bicycle, swim when possible, walk my dogs, and enjoy flying disc sports such a Disc Golf, Ultimate, and playing catch.
California School Board's Association Training explains that most important element of effective, efficient governance is clear communication among all involved partners to maintain strong, positive relationships based on trust. With gratitude to the voters in our community for their faith in me, I appreciate being a proud part of VESD and look forward to supporting our students as they pursue success.
Clerk of the Board
As a school board member, my interest is in the education and welfare of our community's children. I attended school here from start to finish and have a great affection for this school district. I was elected to the school board in November 2001, and I am honored to be part of a district with such a great reputation. I retired in 2002 from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, where I worked for over 20 years as a public relations officer. I have been associated with several volunteer organizations, most of them through school or youth activities.
Mrs. Chamberlain brings over twenty years of educational experience to the board. As a school counselor and former federal Department of Education director, and as someone who has worked with hundreds of students daily, she will bring an essential perspective to the board. Her vision mirrors that of VESD, which is to "prepare students to be able to select from a variety of career opportunities to be successful in the world of work." One way to implement this vision is to help students develop programs that promote lifelong learners. She earned a BA from the University of Oklahoma and earned two master's degrees, one in education and the other in counseling/psychology. She has been a counselor in all stages of a student's academic life, from elementary through college. Joyce has worked with at-risk and ELL students, parents, teachers, administrators and the community. Mrs. Chamberlain helped established the local counseling program for Options for Youth Charter School. She also has been a counselor with the K-12 Bridge Program, a program designed to engage students in the process of planning for their future. She loves everything about educating young people and helping them equip themselves for a bright future.
Mrs. Chamberlain and her husband Mike have five children and six grandchildren, whom have been or are currently students of VESD. Joyce also holds a real estate license and works with her husband, who is also a realtor, at Crown Realty Services. Mrs. Chamberlain appreciates the support from the voters and is excited about her new role as a trustee on the VESD school board.
Dr. Gabriel Stine
Dr. Gabriel Stine is a Doctor of Chiropractic at Stine Chiropractic in Victorville. Dr. Stine serves as the Clinic Director of High Desert Spinal Decompression and as a business consultant to many physicians in Southern California. He has lived in Victorville for the past 20 years with his wife Wendy and their three children. Dr. Stine was elected to his 4th consecutive term on the Victor Elementary School District board this last year. He also has served on various boards and volunteer positions throughout the High Desert. Currently, Dr. Stine volunteers his time as the team physician for four local high schools. He sees his role on the school board as facilitating and maintaining the focus of administration, staff, parents, and students on the mission statement of the district.