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San Joaquin County Board of EducationCandidate for Member, Trustee Area 4

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Jeff Tilton

Retired Deputy Superintendent
13,165 votes (44.82%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Safer Schools
  • Parental School Choice
  • Accountability/Transparency



Profession:Retired Deputy Superintendent of Schools
Deputy Superintendent, New Jerusalem Elementary School District (2012–2019)
Board Member, Humphreys College Academy of Business, Law, and Education — Appointed position (2014–2018)
Board Member, California Virtual Academy, San Joaquin — Appointed position (2014–2018)
Board Member, Insight, San Joaquin — Appointed position (2014–2018)
Board Member, Grand Theatre Foundation — Appointed position (2015–2017)
Director of Educational Programs, Janus Youth Programs, Inc. (2011–2012)
Regional Manager/Senior Account Executive, Northwest Evaluation Association (2004–2011)
Director II, Educational Options, Stanislaus County Office of Education (2000–2004)
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District (1999–2000)


University of the Pacific Doctor of Education, Educational Administration (1998)
University of LaVerne Master of Education, Educational Leadership (1989)
California State University, Stanislaus Bachelor of Arts, English (1986)
Manteca High School Diploma, General Education (1979)


Manteca-raised Dr. Jeff Tilton, 58, attended Manteca public schools, graduating from Manteca High School in 1979. At Manteca High School, he played football, basketball, baseball, and track and field.   Entering college, Dr. Tilton attended and played football for two seasons at San Joaquin Delta College before transferring to Humboldt State University where a football injury cut his career short, forcing an eventual return home for a series of medical procedures.   Dr. Tilton completed his Bachelor of Arts degree (English) at California State University, Stanislaus, in 1986 before earning a teaching credential at Chapman University in 1987. He began his teaching career at his alma mater, teaching English and journalism and coaching football, wrestling, and baseball at Manteca High School (1987-1992). It was during this period Dr. Tilton earned a Masters degree (Educational Leadership) and administrative credential at the University of LaVerne.   A visit to the San Joaquin County Office of Education one day in 1992 started what would become a long career in educational leadership roles. Dr. Tilton joined SJCOE and almost immediately co-founded the nationally renowned “one.” program with Dr. Mick Founts, who would go on to become the SJCOE superintendent.   After five years at SJCOE, Dr. Tilton was asked to open the innovative Delhi Educational Park, a unique school district/county endeavor that featured Delhi’s first high school, a school/community public library, and school/community recreation facilities.   After a brief stint in Sonoma County, Dr. Tilton returned to the Central Valley and joined the Stanislaus County Office of Education in 2000 where he rescued a dying business-focused charter school and eventually founded three more business community- and community college-partnered charter schools based on the success of the rescued school.   In 2004, Dr. Tilton was recruited to join the Northwest Evaluation Association, the Portland, Oregon-based international not-for-profit organization. There, he traveled throughout the nation assisting schools and districts in using data to inform and improve instruction and learning.   In 2012, Dr. Tilton was asked to return to the Central Valley where he joined Tracy’s New Jerusalem Elementary School District. During his seven-year tenure at NJESD, Dr. Tilton founded several charter schools, was named Superintendent of NJESD Charter Schools, and eventually named NJESD Deputy Superintendent of Schools before retiring in July 2019.

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Organizations (3)

  • San Joaquin County Deputy Sheriffs
  • San Joaquin County Probation Officers
  • Lathrop Police Officers

Elected Officials (1)

  • Dr. Mick Founts, San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools (retired)

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