Teacher Spotlight

Mickey Obermire
Clovis Adult School Instructor

Mickey has been employed at Clovis Adult Education, since August 1995, and has been a CCAE member, since 2011. Under her guidance, the Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) program has graduated first-rate students and is recognized as one of the leading and most demanding programs in the Valley.  Mickey is solely responsible for being the only approved adult school in the Central Section to offer the CMA National Certification Exam.
 
Mickey holds Designated Subjects teaching credentials in both Vocational Education and Adult Education.  She is currently authorized to teach Computer Applications, Healthcare Diagnostics Services, Healthcare Information Services and Office Occupations.  Mickey is always looking for opportunities to take part in professional development to expand her skills in teaching and curriculum development.  She has completed OTAN's Online Teaching Academy (OTAC) and is currently participating in the 2016-2018 Digital Leadership Academy (DLAC).  She has been a presenter at numerous CCAE chapter and section conferences, sharing her expertise in online education with other adult school educators.
 
Mickey has demonstrated a unique knowledge and understanding of the Medical Assistant curriculum and presents that curriculum in a relevant and real-world format for students.  We truly appreciate the way Mickey makes students a priority, and constantly seeks ways to insure their success.  These are the traits of a professional educator.  We cannot thank Mickey enough for her continued years of dedication, commitment and energy.  We love the passion she demonstrates every day for the program and is a wonderful and loyal member of the adult school family.  It is our honor and pleasure to work with Mickey and watch her transform the CMA program into one of the finest in the Valley.


Daniel Ceballas
Inland Career Education Center

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Daniel Ceballos is originally from Manizales, Colombia, born May 20th, 1962. He received his Bachelors in Economy, from the University of Fundema. Upon his graduation he was immediately hired to a corner office for the Arrow clothing company. It wasn't long before he rejected the job, realizing that an office life was not for him.

As a child, Daniel spent all of his summer and Christmas vacations on a small farm with no modern luxuries, and so his father's knack for storytelling was the main source of entertainment for the family. One story in particular stuck in Daniel's heart--the story of the Loch Ness Monster of Scotland. So, without knowing a soul in Great Britain, he set out on an adventure. First traveling to Scotland to check out this "monster tale," he then went on to England, where he began to study English while attending Westminster College. By the time Daniel returned to Colombia in 1992, he had been away for 4 years and had backpacked through over 60 countries!

Daniel found it difficult to find work in his field of study back in the small town where he was raised, but now that he spoke English, there were opportunities to teach others, and so he began teaching at the Colombo Americano, in Manizales, Colombia, a bi-national school founded by the US State Department. He taught all levels, from children to adults, and went on to become a professor at the Autonoma University, in Manizales, where he taught English to the Dental school students. While teaching at Colombo Americano, Daniel met his lovely wife Yesenia, and in 1995, they came to the United States together. Daniel found work as an ESL instructional aide, at Mt. San Antonio College.

In 1998, with his new found love of teaching, Daniel was hired to teach ESL and Citizenship at Hacienda La Puente Adult School, where he remained until 2011. It was during this time that he began to embrace technology and all it had to offer his students. He used his ever growing interest to create innovative lessons to engage his students. He began to explore with Smart Board and internet programs, always bringing 21st Century skills to his students. He loves discovering new interactive games that can be used to involve students of all ages to become engaged and enjoy learning. Once adult education began downsizing, Daniel made the difficult decision to leave Hacienda La Puente and move to the San Bernardino Adult School (now Inland Career Education Center), where he has worked as a CBET and ESL teacher since November of 2011.
 
Now in his fifth year of teaching ESL with the Inland Career Education Center, Daniel has definitely found a permanent teaching home. There, he truly demonstrates what it means to be a 21st Century teacher by regularly incorporating technology into his daily lessons to make learning fun, relevant, and engaging for his ESL students. His exuberant and dynamic personality and love of teaching captivate his audience, be they ESL students or staff members in training workshops. His unique ability for sharing his expertise in technology, and particularly in Smart Board implementation, makes him greatly sought after for professional development sessions for all staff at the Inland Career Education Center.
 
Being an active member of CCAE since 2013, along with his wife, Yesenia Ceballos, who is also a part-time counselor with ICEC, Daniel can always be found participating in all things CCAE. From fundraising to photographing events for posterity, to packing, delivering, and displaying gift baskets for silent auctions, the Ceballos family gives and gives to our school, our staff and most importantly our students. Daniel's positive attitude, willingness to share his skills and knowledge, along with his warm, encouraging smile have set him apart, and made him a Teacher of Excellence in the field of adult education for the Southern Section this year.


Carrie Frogue
Montebello Community Adult School (MCAS)

With keen intelligence and acuity, combined with a practical can-do attitude, Carrie Frogue guides the development of a rigorous and relevant curriculum for ABE/ASE students at Montebello Community Adult School (MCAS).  Her dedication and joy of teaching for the past 18 years is clearly evident in all her work with staff and students.  

Immediately upon receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Whittier College, Carrie knew that a career in Adult Education was her calling and passion and began her career at MCAS.  Carrie creates innovative strategies to continually strengthen the ABE/ASE High School Diploma Program at MCAS.  She has helped to establish a College 101 program where high school students learn about researching and applying to colleges and universities and the financial aid process to ensure our Adult Education students know that they can continue their education at the college level.  Carrie organizes group community college tours and on-campus presentations for students to alleviate some of the nervousness of students who are going to college for the first time.  In addition, she serves on the technology committee working towards providing a hybrid program incorporating online coursework into the high school curriculum.  Carrie currently serves as MCAS’ Chief Examiner for HiSET.  This is a new venture for MCAS, and MCAS is proud to offer this test at a cost that is accessible to students in Montebello, many of whom are from low-income households.

Carrie does not only strive to assist students’ success; she also works hard to provide professional development to school district support staff and has taught classes in math, reading, and writing to ensure their continual advancement.  

While Carrie was Co-Chair for the WASC Leadership Team (2014-2015), MCAS achieved the rare 6-year clear accreditation.  She has also been involved in the LARAEC  (Los Angeles Regional Adult Education Consortium) planning process since 2014 and will continue to serve as a Subject Matter Expert/Working Group member for ABE/ASE programs.
 
A CCAE member for many years, Carrie has served as Co-Chair for the Awards Committee and is currently President-Elect of the Montebello Chapter of CCAE. Carrie traveled to Sacramento for CCAE’s Legislation Day in March of 2015 to advocate for the continuation of Adult Education within the K-12 system.  Her efforts as MCAS’ lead legislative advocate resulted in a letter sent by a legislator that same day to the Budget Subcommittee on Educational Finance asking for additional funding for Adult Education.  This swift action was unprecedented and attests to her team’s powerful and clear advocacy message to support Adult Education.
 
MCAS Director of Adult Education Consortium, Kathy Brendzal, creates this vision of Carrie:  “A hundred years from now, a hundred thousand things won't matter, but the world will be changed because Carrie was important in the lives of her students.”