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Life Membership Award

Candace Lee

Los Angeles Metropolitan Section


Candace Dale Lee is a native Angelino born in Hollywood, California. She attended Mount St. Mary’s Doheny Campus, California State College Los Angeles and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA in textile arts. She also received her Master of Arts in education from University of Redlands. Lastly, she obtained her administrative credential through Cal Lutheran University. In 2013, Candace was assigned as the assistant principal operations at East Los Angeles Skills Center where she oversaw Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes and coordinated operations at PUENTE Learning Center and Boyle Heights Technology Center. During this period, she was also invited to represent LAUSD in the AB86 Adult Education Consortium program. In 2014, she was asked to be the principal of West Valley Occupational Center. She has overseen the development of the professional learning community in the three program areas.

Under her guidance, she has run four successful Consolidated Charitable Campaigns, which raised over $7,000 and positioned WVOC as the top adult school fundraiser. She saw the need for the community leaders in the San Fernando Valley to be aware of adult education successes and invited Community College Trustees as well as legislative officers to visit the school and speak at graduations. In 2016-2017, she was invited to join the CALPRO Advisory Board, which provides input on statewide professional learning to improve student learning. Her strength in leading WVOC has been her open-door policy, her desire for the staff to work as a team, and her mentoring of teachers who wish to move into administrative work. Most recently she was acknowledged as the 2018 ACSA-XVI Administrator of the Year-Adult School Principal and in 2015 Principal of the Year-Adult School. The California Council for Adult Education Los Angeles Metro (CCAE-LAM) was also an important part of her professional life. She was elected president of CCAE-LAM from 2009-2011. In 2010, she received the E. Manfred Evans award. In 2014, she received the CCAE State Award of Merit, which honors adult educators who have performed outstanding CCAE statewide service.