School Board Election

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District B - Colleen Westlake

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Colleen Westlake

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Agrees with BBME's Parental Bill of Rights

Colleen was happy to interview with BBME and share her ideas with us.  

Background:

Colleen Westlake is a 5th generation Nevadan and has lived in District B for the past ten years. She is the mother of three boys and has four grandchildren.  Colleen has been married for 32 years.  She attended Fullerton Jr. College and the University of Nevada, Reno.

Employment Experience:

Colleen has worked in the dental field for over 30 years and is currently employed by a Reno Orthodontist.  She spent ten years on the Sierra Youth Football League Board of Directors. She has been a dance instructor, ski, t-ball, and cheerleading coach.  Colleen has  been the team mom on multiple teams as well as volunteered in kindergarten classes.  She also has volunteered for the Youth Wrestling Program and has been actively involved in animal rescue for the past seven years.

Platform:

  • Opposes Critical Race Theory by any name or label

  • Believes Social Emotional Learning and Social Justice = Critical Race Theory

  • Believes the family unit is this country’s strongest moral compass and needs to be protected at all cost

  • Would like to see WCSD go back to basics with curriculum 

  • Wants to add foreign languages to elementary schools. 

  • Believes in learning about other cultures. “When you are immersed, that is how you love your fellow man”

  • Priority will always be the kids, teachers and families

  • Teachers should not bring politics in the classroom

  • Believes that parents' voices should be heard and she will listen, listen, listen. Strong believer in giving parents support and education to raise their children - back to strong family ties.  Will not take part in tearing down families.

  • Opposes data tracking on our kids - even if the intent is good

  • Pro school choice - believes money should follow the students without strings

  • Believes that teachers are not psychologists

  • Believes there is no place in school for personal bias nor politics

  • Equity to her means you bring something to the table, then watch what you reap - example of seed planting…I bring  a seed, plant it and watch it grow.  Not that you bring seeds to the table and you over there don’t need to bring anything to the table but we all reap the benefits, that’s not how it works

  • Believes we are already a diverse community and a “melting pot” and we need to embrace other cultures

  • Agrees with the BBME Parent Bill of Rights

BBME Interview:  Read Here