Name: Celia Jaffe
Residence: Huntington Beach for 23 years
Occupation: governing board member, Huntington Beach City School District; officer in Orange County level PTA
Education: bachelor's degree in English and master's degree in education from Stanford University
Experience as an educator: five years' classroom teaching
Previously elected or appointed positions: Trustee is my only public office; I've been elected or appointed to many school-related committees and PTA officer positions
Community organizations you belong to: local school PTAs, Huntington Beach Educational Foundation
Why should constituents vote for you?
I have devoted myself, for many years as a volunteer and now on the school board, to Huntington Beach City School District. With care and concern for our students, I have been able to adopt the painful budget cuts necessary to keep the district afloat during years of decreasing state funding, while the educational program has not only remained largely intact but in fact shown strides forward. All our schools are now above the Academic Performance Index goal of 800, and more than half are above 900.