Dr. Cheryl James-Ward
San Dieguito School Board
Dr. Cheryl James-Ward has more than 25 years dedicated to public education as a
teacher, professor and an educational leader. Cheryl is the new principal at a public high school recognized as one of the most innovative schools in the nation (CNNMoney). This 21st century high school is focused on design thinking, project-based learning, and internships for all students.
Dr. Cheryl James-Ward is a former NASA engineer and tenured professor at San Diego State University, Department of Educational Leadership where she taught school leaders and aspiring administrators. She was a principal in Pasadena, Long Beach and Encinitas.
Cheryl earned her B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from UC Santa Barbara and Doctorate of Education from USC. Dr. Cheryl James-Ward also earned the USC Meritorious Award for Dissertation of the Year.
Cheryl stands for ‘Great Schools, Students First’. Her five priorities as your San Dieguito School Board member are:
1) Make schools safer
2) Provide mental health support and drug prevention programs
3) Create and implement a technology and innovation plan
4) Reduce class size
5) Ensure Fiscal transparency and solvency
To Learn more about me, please see videos from my run for county board of education below. My values and foci are unchanged.
THE MODERN ERA OF EDUCATION
WOW! WATCH CHERYL ON KUSI NEWS SAN DIEGO...
Race for County Board of Education District 5!
WOW! WATCH CHERYL ON NBC 7 SAN DIEGO... Office of Education Race!
A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT CHERYL... tell me about your background!
Why I’m Running for Office
While Cheryl has considered running for public office in the past, the tipping point was when Ana, one of her high school seniors working on a Design Thinking project called Run Like a Girl 2020, encouraged her to run. Ana, now a student at George Washington University, discovered and shared that men consider running for public office three times before doing so, and women consider it seven times. Cheryl says she’s been thinking about running for over 10 years! Ana’s encouragement was the impetus for Cheryl deciding to run for the San Diego County Board of Education to bring all students up to the modern era of education.