VOTE Westlake for WCSD-At Large District F (Includes: Washoe County, Reno & Sparks)
Get to know Brooke M. Westlake
Get to know Brooke M. Westlake
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-Brooke M. Westlake
The WCSD has gone through an intense decade of public shaming, continued issues that include funding, superintendent struggles, & board member issues. The focus has been shifted away from those who are affected the most. The focus needs to be framed around the students, families and what the community wants.
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Brooke is a divorced single mother of 2 boys, age 12 & 3. She has a longstanding history within the Washoe County community as well as her own educational journey through WCSD.
Brooke and her family relocated to Reno, Nevada in August of 1989. Brooke then attended and completed her public-school education through Washoe County School District. She attended Roger Corbett Elementary, Vaughn Middle School and Earl Wooster High School. She was awarded numerous awards throughout her general education through WCSD.
Brooke loved attending Roger Corbette, as she lived 2 blocks away and walked to school every day from 3rd grade until she went on to middle school. The first time she learned how to do sales, she was in 4th Grade. Roger Corbette provided students with the "World's Finest Chocolate Bars". 25 candy bars came in a box, and they sold for a $1.00 a piece. After going door-to-door in her apartment complex and then to the one across the street, Brooke at the age of 10 realized this wouldn't get her to her end goal. She decided to walk over to the Vasser street post office after school. She sold her entire box of candy bars in 10 minutes. Asking exhausted workers "Would you like to buy a candy bar?" Brooke returned the next day with 2 boxes of candy bars. Again, they sold out within 15 minutes. She worked up to selling 5 boxes of candy bars a day for 3 weeks. She continued this method during 4th, 5th and 6th grade and won "Most Candy Bar Sales" every year. During her final year at Roger Corbett Elementary, Ms. Westlake entered a national art bookmark competition. She did not win the national art bookmark competition but won WCSD's art bookmark competition for the entire school district, where her bookmark was published and distributed to all the WCSD libraries in 1993. She was also awarded a for a hand drawn image that was part of a yearbook cover.
After attending 7th and 8th grade at Vaughn Middle School, she then attended Earl Wooster High School. Her freshman year, after her day courses were complete, she aided in the nurse's clinic at Roger Corbett Elementary School to obtain extra graduating credits. She then participated in Track & Field and in grades 10, 11 and 12 she was a Wooster Cheerleader for Junior Varsity and Varsity. During her time at Earl Wooster High School, she was part of numerous clubs, raised money for a fellow student and began working at His Word Christian Book Store. She completed High School in June of 1999 and graduated with 4 additional credits then what was required.
After Ms. Westlake graduated from Earl Wooster High School, she attended and earned her Associates of Arts Degree from Truckee Meadows Community College. She was awarded 1st place for her Watercolor painting "Springtime" for a school competition that was put on by the Art Department. While working full time through college, she found the Miss America Scholarship Program. This was a way for her to continue with her community service efforts while earning college scholarship funding. She then transferred to the University of Nevada, Reno, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and was awarded the title of Miss University of Nevada, Reno-2005. She then went on to compete for the title of Miss Nevada for the Miss America Program. She was awarded for her continued community service efforts as well as top Interview score.
During her time at TMCC and UNR, Ms. Westlake worked in the healthcare field full time. She had aspired to pursue a career that would continue to help those in need. She also had her own photography company for 8 years, dedicating herself to capturing those once in a lifetime moment, such as weddings and family portraits. Part of Ms. Westlake 20-year healthcare career concluded after working for a privately held medical manufacture for 10 years. After they closed in 2018, Ms. Westlake decided to return to the University of Nevada, Reno, to pursue and earn her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She was awarded Graduate Student of the entire Criminal Justice Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, in December 2019, prior to her December 2019 graduation at Lawlor Event Center. After graduation she decided it was time to go into business and launched 2 companies within the Cannabis Industry. One company is an event company that brings women together from all over the world. The other company is an online e-commerce that will be selling apparel, jewelry and accessories.
Ms. Westlake struggled significantly throughout her public education journey with reading, writing and mathematics. She consistently tested below grade level which confused her teachers as she always earned A's and B's and passed all her courses. During that time further testing to figure out if there was a learning disability was not option. Ms. Westlake chose to excel in education because she was passionate about learning and school. She also hired a tutor to help her with mathematics. Once her oldest son began his education journey in WCSD, it was then discovered that he too, was having the same significant struggles as his mother. During his time in second grade both him and his mother, were tested for learning disabilities. It was then discovered they both suffered from dyslexia. Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that does not affect general intelligence. To this day, Brooke does not let this hinder any goal she sets before her and has adopted this mindset throughout her life. She has taken the stance that it should help inspire others to pursue all forms of education but get help or testing early on. She has also helped her oldest adopt this thought process.