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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Anaheim Elementary School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 2

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Jeff Cole

Governing Board Member, Anaheim Elementary School District, Area 2
3,232 votes (47.8%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • As the incumbent, I will continue shifting authority from the central office bureaucracy to parent-led and community centered schools, empowering parents to get the education and services their kids deserve.
  • I will keep my pledge and not increase school tax assessments, while maintaining on time and on budget school construction.
  • Additionally, I will fulfill my pledge of every student having access to highly effective educational programs, including STEAM, performing arts, and world languages.



Veteran Anaheim educator Dr. Jeff Cole is serving his second term on the Anaheim Elementary School District Board of Education, representing Trustee Area 2 (the Northwest region).

Dr. Cole currently serves as a teacher at a junior high school in Anaheim. He has worked to facilitate project based learning in co-taught classrooms and implemented professional learning communities within the special education department and in inclusive classrooms. He is an advocate for positive growth mindset and instructional reform to improve school effectiveness. Prior to working with junior high students, Dr. Cole served as a Special Day Class teacher in an elementary district in Los Angeles County. During his long teaching career, Dr. Cole has taught both general and special education at the elementary, middle, and high school level.

Dr. Cole is a proud member of the California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly and California Association for Bilingual Education. He has taught English in Mexico and Russia and is an avid traveler, having been to over 30 countries. He is a life-long learner, who has studied German, Russian, Spanish, and Afrikaans, in order to appreciate the diverse world in which we live. Dr. Cole wrote a master’s thesis in Leipzig, Germany about the role of religion in political change. He later completed a doctorate at California State University, Fullerton, on the effectiveness of equitable and inclusive educational programs for students with disabilities.

Dr. Cole earned his Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University, Master of Arts from California State University, Fullerton, Master of Science from National University and Ed.D. from California State University, Fullerton. He has additional information on his website

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (5)

  • California School Employees Association, Chapter 54
  • Los Angeles and Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Teamsters Joint Council 42
  • Orange County Labor Federation
  • The Community Action Fund of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties

Elected Officials (2)

  • Tom Daly, Member of The California State Assembly
  • John "Jack" Bedell, President of The Orange County Board of Education

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My record defines my political philosphy of service to the community. As a Trustee and two term President of the Anaheim Elementary School Distric Board of Education, I have worked with the parents, residents, business interests, and community leaders to improve the education of our youth. We have come together and transformed the Anaheim Elementary School District. Just eight years ago, many schools were in disrepair and academic programs were being cut, diminishing opportunity for students left parents in doubt about the promise of our schools. Today we see the result of excellent board leadership, supported by the community pulling together and turning AESD around. We recently cut over 13 million dollars from our budget, while cutting class size and retaining critical staff. We are an inclusive district that maintains high academic standards, while fostering a welcoming school climate for all students. We put kids first and implemented student-centered reform. We are:

  • The only district in Orange County with a music program at every school. Students are given instruments at no cost to parents.
  • The only district in Orange County to have computer science or programming as part of the instructional day at all sites.
  • One of the few districts to have a full day TK (transitional kindergarten) program district-wide.
  • Recognized by the California Association of Bilingual Education as a leader in world languages and we have Dual Language Immersion at six schools sites with plans to expand.
  • One of few districts to have passed three bonds totaling over 500 million dollars and finished all construction projects to date on time and on budget.
  • Leader in low class size. AESD has 24 students per class, which is superior to most districts.
  • One of the highest paying districts in the state of California for new teachers.
  • A district with a high staff retention rate and a leader in nationally board certified teachers.

Additionally, the 23 schools of the district (GOALS and Palm Lane are AESD approved independent charter schools) are community based, theme driven, and instructionally focused on college and career readiness. 

Videos (1)

— September 14, 2018 The video was produce by Dr. Jeff Cole

I created this video after attending the California School Board Association conference in San Diego, California in December of 2017. I am reporting on my involement in policy actions connected to school restructuring. 

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