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A Message from the Board
Welcome! It is my pleasure to write this as President of the Victor Elementary School District Board of Trustees. VESD is on the move and we are very proud to share our accomplishments.

I have had the pleasure of living in Victorville all my life! I attended school from Kindergarten through high school right here in Victorville, as did two of my children. I have so much faith in our public school system here in the high desert and more specifically here in Victorville. That is the main reason I ran to be elected as a Victor Elementary School Board member many years ago. I became a Victor Elementary School District board member to be a part of the great things VESD has done and are still doing.

We have three major changes occurring as I write this message and VESD has worked hard to align the Vision and Mission with the changes.
  • Local Control Funding Formula As you may or may not know, education in California is being funded differently. Many of the restricted funds we used to receive from the state are now under one umbrella. In order to assure we are addressing all our students needs, VESD is currently writing our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).
  • Common Core State Standards (CCSS) VESD is leading the way in CCSS implementation. The State of California has set the expectation that all districts and schools must implement in the 2014/2015 school year. During the 2013/2014 school year nearly all of our teachers and support staff have begun to implement CCSS, and some of them have fully implemented! Professional development is alive and well as our teachers and support staff get the training they need to teach CCSS with competence.
  • School of Choice We are proud to announce that in August 2014, all VESD schools will be schools of choice. Our school sites have taken the past 15 months to work together and either develop a school-wide focus or revitalize their current focus. On top of this, VESD will be providing busing within each quadrant of our district to all of the sites within the quadrant.
All three of these changes allow and support VESD students to achieve the VESD Vision and Mission. VESD is proud of our work and we welcome educators to come and visit as well as share their accomplishments. We must all work together because educating our youth is an enormous task and it gets bigger everyday as our world changes so rapidly.


Karen Morgan, Board President

Karen Morgan, President
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.

Joyce Chamberlain, Vice President
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.

Elise Brown, Clerk
Elise Brown retired from a 32-year teaching career in 2002. She taught kindergarten through fourth grade during her tenure in the Adelanto School District. She also taught English to Spanish-speaking adults. Ms. Brown has been a resident of Victorville since 1960, and she attended Victor Valley College, Chapman College and Azusa Pacific University where she earned a Masters Degree in Education and a Reading Specialist Credential. Ms. Brown is active in many community organizations including the Victorville Lioness Club and Victor Valley Democratic Club, and she was presented the Educational Award from the Victor Valley African American Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Brown is looking forward to serving as a school board member with expertise, planning and commitment for the benefit of the students, parents, taxpayers, and society.

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.

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.

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