Charlene High is a first-time candidate for public office and credits her ability to listen to people as her greatest possible contribution to the political campaign.
She believes that voters are tired of being ignored by career politicians and that they want representatives who will not only listen to them but will then represent voters’ interests in the halls of Government – not their own personal interests.
Charlene earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology along with an Early Childhood Education Teaching Certificate from Meredith College in 1976. She continued her education at Wake Forest University where she earned her Masters of Arts in Education with emphasis in Counseling degree and K-12 Counseling Certificate in 1977. Upon graduation, she built her career over the next 29 years as a School Counselor in the North Carolina Public School System. Throughout the years, she has taught part-time at both Gaston Community College and Gardner-Webb University.
In addition to her long-time educational career, Charlene has served as a volunteer with the North Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief and Recovery ministry. Her first assignment was in New York City in the aftermath of 9-11 and she has since served at multiple disaster/mission sites within the United States and foreign countries as well. Charlene has also served as a volunteer chaplain with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Rapid Response Team. She is a member of the North Carolina Baptist Singers and Orchestra, a volunteer group that performs throughout the state.
Charlene is a long-time resident of Dallas, North Carolina. She serves as pianist at Unity Baptist Gastonia and has a small antique business.