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Message from the Executive Director

Dear CCAE Members,

It's December and time for a well-deserved break. Before turning our attention to holiday events, let's make one more effort to visit our legislators to let them know that we appreciate their support. Please read Legislative Advocate Dawn Koepke's article for guidance and recommendations.

Please encourage your colleagues to become CCAE members at this crucial time, if they are not yet members. As a reminder, new members can join CCAE for 50% off of their regular membership rate. Upcoming events in 2015 that you and your colleagues will not want to miss:

• March 23-27: Adult Education Week
• March 24: Leg Day
• April 30-May 2: CCAE State Conference at Universal Studios

On behalf of our team at CCAE, we hope you have a restful holiday break and send you best wishes for 2015!


Adriana Sanchez-Aldana 
CCAE Executive Director 


Teacher Spotlight—Penny Dapello
Chaffey Adult School

Penny Dapello has worked for over 30 years as an English teacher. Penny's biggest accomplishment came from teaching English, at Pomona High School, for Pomona Unified School District. In 1973, she got her feet wet teaching adults, at Azusa Adult School, and she taught for them, in the evenings, for more than 25 years. Later, she accepted additional assignments working with Claremont, Baldwin Park, Upland, Chino, and Chaffey Adult Schools.

After she retired in 2009, Penny brought her many years of experience to Chaffey Adult School, where she currently teaches ABE English. Penny has inspired and motivated students to overcome their fears of writing, in order to develop skills necessary to succeed in GED classes. Her major goal in life has been to help students attain their dreams of a better life, by reaching their ultimate educational goals.

Penny was part of the group that started the CCAE Chaffey Chapter, in 2011. She currently holds the role as Chapter Treasurer. Along with her continued dedication to chapter duties, she was a volunteer on the Southern Section State Conference Committee, in 2014.

Penny is a no-nonsense kind of woman, who is extremely helpful, on a personal and professional level. In her private life, Penny is a wife, mother, grandmother, and good friend. She is the Vice President of the Danish Sisterhood, in Solvang, and also for the State of California Danish Sisterhood. Penny loves traveling to Mexico and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she and her husband have vacation homes.

Chaffey Adult School, their students, and Adult Education in general are very lucky to have Penny Dapello as a caring, devoted teacher.

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