Nutrition Educator, Edible Schoolyard Project
Shackelford is a lifelong Stockton resident, a nutrition educator with the Edible Schoolyard Project, an in-home caregiver, and active local parent and grandparent.
She completed high school later in life by obtaining her high school equivalency degree before earning an associates degree, a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and certificates in human service work and drug counseling. While going back to school, she volunteered with her church teaching bible study, and worked as a tutor with Stocktonians Taking a Stand to Neutralize Drugs (S.T.A.N.D.). In November 2020, she is running to represent Trustee Area 1 on Stockton USD’s Board of Trustees.
Shackelford has stated that completing her education in sociology and human services work in 2017 rejuvenated her interest in making sure students have access to a variety of opportunities and pathways to a great education. She believes that her life experiences give her an informed understanding of the unique needs facing Stockton’s Black, LatinX, and low-income youth, and says that she is running because she does not believe the district has made these underserved students enough of a priority.
Shackelford has listed her top priorities on VotersEdge.org as working to make sure:
Students are Prepared for College and Career (A-G for All)
Students are Healthy and Safe in Our Schools
Students are Lead by a Transparent and Accountable School Board
Shackelford promises that, as a new board member, she will be solely focused on making sure all Stockton students reach their amazing potential.
- Photo Source: “Viola Shackelford,” Facebook.
- “Viola A. Shackelford,” Candidate Statements – San Joaquin County Registrar Of Voters.