2015 CCAE State Award Winners

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George C. Mann Distinguished Service Award

KATHY BRENDZAL
South Coast Section

Kathy’s passion for Adult Education and the needs of the students is evident to staff and students alike. Having worked for the Montebello Unified School District for over 30 years, she started as a teacher and counselor, but quickly advanced in her career into the administrative ranks. Kathy has served Montebello Community Adult School (MCAS) as an assistant principal and principal. She currently holds the position of Director of Adult Education Consortium. Read more...


dr. Robert W. Rupert Award

JOANNE DURKEE
Bay Section

Joanne Durkee has worked at the local, state, and national level supporting and impacting adult education in California for over 37 years. At the local level, Joanne first served adults in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, concurrently filling the roles of a school coordinator, career center coordinator and adult education teacher. During these first years of Joanne’s work in adult education, she became the voice of adults in the community who needed access to career training and employment opportunities. Read more...


Award of Merit

CHARLENE BADER
Southern Section

Charlene Bader began her career in education as a clerk for one of the District high school diploma programs. She was the liaison between the school and Department of Social Services. Charlene's rapport with students helps keep them motivated and leads to their success. Charlene was instrumental in creating grants for teachers and scholarships for GED students.


Life Membership Award

ANDRES AMEIGEIRAS
LA Metro Section

Mr. Ameigeiras has had a long career in Adult Education. He started as a Teacher Assistant at North Valley OC in 1988 and was promoted to the Alternative Education and Work Center Outreach Consultant at NVOC. He then became the Young Adult Counselor at Central Adult HS. Andres was promoted and became the first Assistant Principal at Metropolitan Skills Center. He was appointed Assistant Principal of Operations at Reseda CAS, Garfield CAS and then promoted as a Principal at Pacoima Skills Center and Van Nuys CAS. In 2009, he was selected as Division Administrator. Andres retired on June 2014.  Read more...


LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARD

JOANNE DURKEE
Bay Section

Under the leadership of Joanne Durkee, long-time administrator at Mt. Diablo Adult Education and Director since 2005, the nature and scope of Adult Education in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District have been transformed. This transformation has been in the way the Adult Education division collaborates with its district partners in providing services to the community and families of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.  Read more...


LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARD

KAY HARTLEY
Bay Section

Kay is serving as the Project Manager for the AB86 Solano County Consortium Planning Grant and has earned high regard and respect from Solano Community College members. Kay is Secretary of the CCAE Bay Section Board. She currently serves on the Field Partnership Team, for CDE and is the ACSA Region 4 Adult Education Chairperson where she had made numerous professional development presentations at ACSA and other conferences. As well, Kay is presently serving on the OTAN Advisory Board and the CALPRO Advisory Board where she helps guide decisions about the content, direction and delivery of professional learning for the state.  Read more...


LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARD

GLORIA KLUG-MORATAYA
South Coast Section

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Gloria is a proud graduate of Belmont High School in Los Angeles. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree from Cal State University, Los Angeles, in 1974, with a double major in Spanish and Chicano Studies. During her time at Cal State L.A., she also studied at the prestigious Universidad National Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City. After completing her degree, she went on to earn a lifetime teaching credential, also from Cal State University, Los Angeles.  Read more...


LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARD

JILL ROJAS
Central Section

Jill Rojas began her education at UC Santa Barbara where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She then went on to earn her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from Sand Diego State, her Preliminary Administrative Services Credential from Chapman College in Visalia, and her Master's of Arts in Education from Fresno Pacific College. Jill has invested 35 years of her life as an educator. She began by teaching two years at the Santa Cruz Cooperative School in Bolivia. She then went on to teach as a Kindergarten teacher and Mentor Teacher for 9 years at Huron Elementary School.  Read more...

 


Excellence in Support Services

NANCY MARTINEZ
South Coast Section

Nancy Marie Martinez possesses the expertise, work ethic, exceptional people skills, and perhaps most importantly, the passion for adult education needed to advocate for adult education concerns. Throughout her 17 years of service, Nancy has made outstanding contributions to the Montebello Adult Education Department and to the Montebello Chapter, South Coast Section, and State CCAE. It is with great pleasure and honor that I nominate Nancy Marie Martinez for the Excellence in Support Services Award.  Read more...

 


EXCELLENCE IN SUPPORT SERVICES

LEE VANG
Central Section

Lee has played an active role within the Fresno Adult School chapter. He is always willing to help whether it is a fundraiser or our annual section conference. Lee is our school's Network Technician III, and he has lent his skills to the various needs of our chapter to ensure that our members have access to technology. He provides training for our members from Microsoft Office to Office 365. Lee is the epitome of a unselfish member who desires only to help all of our local members around him. Read more...


EXCELLENCE IN TEACHIng

MYRA ARREDONDO
LA Metro Section

Myra Arredondo is a dedicated ESL instructor who fell in love with adult education 25 years ago shortly after receiving her teaching credential. She started her teaching career at Roosevelt Adult School in 1989 during the middle of the Amnesty program. Twenty years earlier, her own mother enrolled in ESL 1 at Roosevelt Adult School eventually earning her high school diploma. Myra's mother experience and success in the adult program has motivated Ms. Arredondo throughout her teaching career. Regardless of her students' age, background or current situation, she sees the same potential in hers students to succeed as did the instructors who taught her mother. As a result, she maintains high expectations for her students and teaches each of them with patience and an understanding that every student in their class can learn and reach their individual goals.  Read more...


Excellence in Teaching

ALLEN COCHRAN
LA Metro Section

Allen began as an Adult Ed student in 1989. He became an Instructional Aide at Harbor Occupational Center in 1990. He earned his AA degree from Harbor College and was a ROP teacher. In 1997, he arrived at HOC where he has been ever since. He is an ASE Certified/Factory Trained Diesel Mechanics. Mr. Cochran has not missed a day of work since 1996. He is highly regarded by his students with 200+ program completers in 2013. His students are highly sought after in the industry and he has excellent job placement records to prove it. Mr. Cochran received LAM's 2014 Award for Excellence in Teaching and was recognized as a Regional Teacher of the year for the Harbor Area in 2012.  Read more...


EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

PENNY DAPELLO
Southern Section

Penny has worked for over 30 years as an English Teacher at a variety of teaching assignments. In 1973, she worked at Azusa Adult School. She would later work at Upland Adult School and Chino Adult Schools. Penny’s biggest accomplishments have come from teaching English for Pomona Unified where she retired in 2008. Along with teaching high School, Penny brought her many years of experience to Chaffey Adult School since 2009 where she currently teaches ABE English.  Read more...


EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

SUZANNE HAMMOUD
South Coast Section

Suzanne has been teaching in various locations and in various capacities. She has taught 8 years in private tutoring of adults in English, French, and Spanish. She was also a teach for 2 years as a Spanish Instructor at Indiana/Purdue University. She spent 10 years as a teacher in Advanced ESL at Downey Adult School before coming to Huntington Beach Adult School 3.5 years ago. 

Suzanne has been a key developer of ESL Placement test, Promotion exams for each level, pacing guides for ESL, MS Powerpoint presentation lessons which led to students' oral lectures in class, Pre-HS diploma, pre-GED, pre-CTE, pre-college ESL 4 Transition class, Advanced Internet research lessons and essay writing, a detailed writing packet for Intermediate and Advanced ESL students, goal setting charts, innovative conversation/debate groups and games that verbally reinforce lesson concepts.  Read more...


EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

DEANNA MATSUMOTO
South Coast Section

Deanna has always had a desire to serve her community and those in need. In 1981, she became the Director of Asian Community Services in New Haven, Connecticut. In this position, she coordinated English language tutoring, social services, and extracurricular activities for recent Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants. With assistance from State-appointed advisors, Deanna developed teaching curriculum and fundraised through grant writing. She began her distinguished college career by attending Yale University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies in 1984. Having developed a passion for helping those new to the United States, Deanna became an Adult Literacy Facilitator at the International Institute of Rhode Island where she taught survival English language skills to recent Cambodian, Hmong, and Vietnamese refugees and immigrants for two years. Read more... 


EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

GALE MEJICO
South Coast Section

Downey Adult School’s CCAE Chapter is pleased to recognize Gale Mejico for the Excellence in Teaching Award. Gale is a definite asset to the Downey Adult School family and we are truly fortunate to have had her as a part of our faculty since 2006. She began her career here as an instructor for the CNA program. Within months of taking on that assignment, she moved on to be the lead vocational nurse instructor, teaching both theory and hands-on skills to her vocational nursing students. Gale goes above and beyond to fulfill her teaching duties and serves as a role model, advocate, and mentor for her students. Gale began her educational career at Concord College where she received her LVN training in 1997. She went on to receive her AA in Nursing at Mount Saint Mary’s College in 2005. Gale also obtained her RN license in 2005. She continued her education at the University of San Diego, where she earned her teaching credential.  Read more...


EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

JUAN NOGUERA
LA Metro Section

Juan is extremely active in adult education. He is currently serving on a committee for Revision of Completers; serving in the cohort to improve CASAS benchmarks; currently serving as Evans site rep for ESL to the AB86 consortium general assembly. He has been in adult education since 1999 and a CCAE member since 2008. He has been an ESL instructor and Distance Learning instructor and served as ESL Department chair. He has served as coordinator of Evan's student council from 2002 - 2010. Currently he is the lead advisor for the ESL Department.  Read more...


EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

ERIX OLIVA
South Coast Section

Mr. Oliva received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and the Single Subject Mathematics Teaching Credential from California State University of Los Angeles. He also received his Master of Arts in Education with a major in Counseling as well as a second Master of Arts with a major in Educational Leadership for the Tier I and II Administrator Credential from Azusa Pacific University.

Mr. Oliva spearheaded the first literacy computer program at the El Monte High School for the evening ESL program for adults. He set up the lab making it user friendly and non-threatening for students coming to the lab for the first time. He was genuinely interested in helping students to both identify and attain their goals, and planned creative lessons aimed at gaining the maximum involvement of his students.  Read more...


EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

NANCY ROTH
Southern Section

Nancy reaches her students on a level of compassion and understanding. She develops activities within her class that give every student a chance to excel and gain confidence. Sometimes it is in game type competition and they cheer for one another, sometimes it is by having students demonstrate an activity or subject that they feel they excel at and want to share. This feeling of value and success is one that many of our student haven't experienced in a long while, if ever. Once they believe they can be successful at something, she converts all that confidence into educational goals!  Read more...


EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

KARYN RUIZ
Central Section

Karyn Ruiz is a professional educator in all aspects and has demonstrated excellence in teaching adult students. She is a leader at Visalia Adult School and takes on new teaching assignments with a positive energy. As an active participant in the High School Subjects Professional Learning Community she strives to provide best practices in curriculum and instruction for all adult students. Karyn has taken her excellence in teaching in the classroom to working with other adult school professionals. She has worked as a professional development facilitator for CALPRO teaching a variety of courses including Critical Thinking and Integrated Contextualized Workforce Skills in the ESL Classroom. Read more...


EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

DAVE WILLIAMS
Bay Section

Dave Williams had his course set for a teaching career upon graduation from CSU San Francisco in 1970 with a degree in Social Sciences. But Uncle Sam had other ideas for this young man and volunteered him for 6 years of service in the Navy. Dave weathered those seas and later on returned to Chapman University to earn his Multiple Subjects and Single Subject Social Studies Credentials. He began to sub for Pittsburg USD in 1984 and eventually became a full-time Independent Study teacher in 1998 at Pittsburg Adult where his long-time Boy Scout colleague, Bob Beck, was Principal. Later he became the ASE/ABE Department chair for the program and continues today in his leadership role there and on the school’s Leadership Team.  Read more...


EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

MICHELLE WINNETT
Bay Section

Ms. Winnett has worked as an adult education teacher for eleven years in Vallejo, and four years in Fairfield.  During her years in Vallejo, she was one of the teachers trained in the pilot STAR reading program.  She successfully and enthusiastically implemented STAR assessment and strategies, and welcomed having teachers from other schools visit and observe at the request of the CDE STAR project manager.  Ms. Winnett frequently invites community and business representatives to do presentations to her students, building links between the business community and schools while preparing students for what is expected of employees in a variety of occupations.   Ms. Winnett developed and instructed a college readiness class in Vallejo.  Eleven students in her first college readiness class successfully made the transition to the community college.  One of those students continued to graduate from UC Berkeley in December, 2014.  Read more...