Paulette Chaffee

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Paulette Chaffee
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CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Redlands
  • Educator
  • Speech therapist
  • Public school advocate
  • Community supporter
  • Attorney

Paulette Chaffee is an educator, speech therapist, public school advocate, community supporter and attorney from Fullerton, California. She has received multiple awards for her participation in local organizations focused on education, health, and the arts.[1][2]

Ms. Chaffee has resided in Fullerton, California since the age of five. She graduated from Troy High School in Fullerton, California and married Doug Chaffee. Their two sons attended Fullerton public schools.[3]

Ms. Chaffee has supported and been an active participant in several community organizations and nonprofits, including: All the Arts for All the Kids, Fullerton College Foundation Board, California School Boards Association, California Teachers Association, California Latino School Board Association, First Five Orange County, Be Well OC, JOYA Scholars, Fullerton Museum Center, Friends of the Fullerton Public Library, North Orange County YWCA, Assistance League, Fullerton Boys & Girls Club, Fullerton Women’s Club, Fullerton Collaborative, Fullerton Sister City Association, OC Children's Partnership, Friends of the Arboretum, Muckenthaler Cultural Center and the Placentia Chamber of Commerce.[4]


Ms. Chaffee earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Redlands. She taught in public schools and was also a speech therapist in public schools, clinics, and hospitals. She holds a California Lifetime Teaching Credential, and a California speech therapy license.[5]

Ms. Chaffee attended Western State University Law School and obtained her Juris Doctor degree. She was admitted to the California bar and began private practice in Fullerton.

Philanthropic work & community involvement

Ms. Chaffee is passionate about improving the educational, social and emotional development of students through her teaching, community service and board memberships.

She received the 2017 Woman of the Year Award from the North Orange County YWCA, the Woman of Distinction Award from state assemblywoman Quirk-Silva, Maple Elementary’s Shining Star Award for Outstanding Volunteer Work, and the Above and Beyond Award from the Fullerton School District.

Ms. Chaffee has been an advocate for quality public education and finds creative ways to bring resources to classrooms. She has been involved with several school-based programs, including Science Olympiad and All the Arts for All the Kids. She has brought internships and research opportunities to students by involving the local community.

Through her service as Orange County’s Ambassador for the Fourth District, Ms. Chaffee is committed to improving equity for students in education, social services, and mental health. She supports public education, the expansion of social/emotional learning, mental health services, and community schools.


  1. "Paulette Chaffee on Behance". Behance. Retrieved 28 October 2022.
  2. "About – Paulette Chaffee". Medium. Retrieved 28 October 2022.
  3. "Paulette Chaffee Offers a Practical Guide to Equity in the Classroom". Daily Sundial. Retrieved 28 October 2022.
  4. Maslow, Jacob (28 December 2021). "Paulette Chaffee Explains Why Public Education is Essential in the United States". The Collegian. Retrieved 28 October 2022.
  5. "Lifelong Educator Paulette Chaffee Discusses California's New Community Schools Program". Retrieved 28 October 2022.

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