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Centralia Elementary School District

Board Members

Henry Charoen
President, Area 1 Trustee
Term of Office: 2018-2022
As a father of two children that will be attending a Centralia School, I care deeply about the future of
the Centralia School District. I'm committed to improving the high quality of education, retaining our
outstanding teachers, and strengthening the district's financial stability. I will protect what we have
worked so hard to achieve, while preparing us for upcoming challenges. I'm passionate about improving
our children's future and I'm committed to serving our students.
As a teacher at UCI, I bring my classroom experience and knowledge to better serve the needs of our
students. I'm also an Executive Director at L.A. Care Health Plan. I earned an MBA from UCI and an
engineering degree from USC.
My past leadership experience includes:
• City Councilmember
• Public School Liaison Committee Member
• Director, Orange County Library Advisory Board
Centralia School District is a great area and I'm extremely proud to live here. I care about what happens in our community and I want to make a difference.
Art Montez
Area 2 Trustee
Term of Office: 2018-2022
As a former Centralia school board member, I helped identify needed funds and grants to support our
schools, students, teachers and families. This resulted in millions of dollars for after-school, child-care,
recreational, tutoring, academic, health and nutrition programs. Encouraging school partnerships with
community organizations is important i.e.; Boys and Girls Club, boy scouts, girl scouts, soccer leagues
and little league.
As a businessman, I know the importance of managing taxpayer funds in an efficient and effective
manner. Our schools need to be financially solvent. Reducing student absenteeism increases academic
achievement resulting in additional funding for our school sites. Reducing school over-crowding,
improving test scores and teaching students to learn English are my highest priorities:
• Increasing math and reading test scores.
• Investing your tax dollars in providing state-of-the-art school facilities.
• Providing parental training programs empowering our parents to help their children succeed
• Advocating and supporting special education programs and services.
• Increasing the number of students attending pre-school, summer school and after-school
• Increasing English instructional hours.
• Expanding music and art programs.
• Maintaining safe school environment for our students, families and employees.
My children attended and graduated from Centralia schools.
Elizabeth A. Gonzalez
Area 3 Trustee
Term of Office: 2016-2020
Elizabeth A. Gonzalez currently serves as the Governing Board President for the Centralia School
District. Mrs. Gonzalez was elected in 2016 as the Trustee of Area 3. She has also served as the
Governing Board’s representative on the Orange County Nominating Committee, Interdistrict Transfer
Appeals Panel and the Greater Anaheim Special Local Plan Area (GASELPA) Board.
Mrs. Gonzalez is a business woman, parent and a member of the Centralia School District community for
over 14 years. Her children and grandnephew have attended San Marino Elementary School where she
served on the PTA. She has also served on the PTSA in the Anaheim Union High School District, and as
band mom for Loara High School and John F. Kennedy High School. Involvement in her children’s
education has always been a priority.
As a Centralia School District Board member, she is committed to ensuring children have access to an
outstanding education and is extremely proud of the academic accomplishments and programs offered
by the District including the Visual Arts and Performing Arts program, professional development for our
teachers and school staff, a curriculum that our children can use as a foundation through middle school,
high school, trade school, college and career, and affordable before and after school programs. The
passage of Measure N has allowed us to modernize our campuses, provide our children and staff with
safe school environment and provide 21st Century classrooms with the latest Technology. She is an
advocate for smaller teacher to student ratios and Special Education programs.
Mrs. Gonzalez is honored to serve the families in the Centralia Elementary School District community.


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Area 4 Trustee


Luis Flores
Vice President, Area 5 Trustee
Term of Office: 2018 - 2022

As a first-generation college student, I understand how important early childhood education is to the future success of our students and as a district I believe it is our responsibility to provide our students with the educational foundation needed to be successful. As your trustee I am committed to helping our students achieve their academic goals through the use of after school programs and other social services.  Our kids are the future and investing in their education will secure our country for generations to come. I also firmly believe that in order to provide our students with the best education possible we must also provide our teachers with the tools necessary to allow them to bring out the true potential in each one of our students.

My goals as a trustee include:

  • Establishing Universal Preschool so that all students have access to high quality early childhood education regardless of the family’s financial circumstances.
  • Collaborate with local organizations and universities to provide our students with career exploration opportunities such as visiting university campuses and hosting career days.
  • Establishing a Dual Language Immersion Program to help our students develop their communication skills

I have had the pleasure of serving on the 65th Assembly District, and previously served as Chair of the Citizens Oversight Committee for Measure N where I worked to ensure our tax payer dollars where used responsibly by our district to help improve learning conditions for our students. Representing you as your trustee will be one of the greatest honors of my life and I look forward to working hard to ensure our kids have the high-quality education they deserve.



Role and Responsibilities of the Board*

The role of the school board is to ensure that school districts are responsive to the values, beliefs, and priorities of their communities.

Boards fulfill this role by performing five major responsibilities:

  • Setting direction
  • Establishing an effective and efficient structure
  • Providing support
  • Ensuring accountability
  • Providing community leadership as advocates for children, the school district and public schools

These five responsibilities represent core functions that are so fundamental to a school system’s accountability to the public that they can only be performed by an elected governing body. Authority is granted to the board as a whole, not each member individually. Therefore, board members fulfill these responsibilities by working together as a governance team with the superintendent to make decisions that will best serve all the students in the community.  

*California School Boards Association