Christine Spencer has been involved in adult education for several years and in a variety of roles. Christine has taught ESL and Citizenship in Pixley and in Tulare, giving hope and guidance to countless students wanting to learn and become US citizens. In addition, Christine is always willing to help in any way possible. She has recently taken on High School Diploma and ABE students as well. Her warm and caring personality in addition to her general approachability make her a teacher that students seek for guidance and support. Christine supports students by consistently going above and beyond to meet students where they are and help them find success on their journeys. She currently serves as our Tulare Chapter Vice-President/President-Elect.
Christine Spencer has taught all levels of ESL and Citizenship for many years, but more recently she has also taught ABE English, Independent Study High School Diploma, and a Health Care Basics course as an IELCE course alongside a CTE teacher. Christine shows enthusiasm in any undertaking and always works hard to establish relationships with students that will lead to their success.
Christine is ideal for this acknowledgement due to her exuberance in working with teachers. She is extremely engaging in the classroom and is always trying new instructional strategies that will further learning and outcomes for students. She has a heart for every student and loves to learn their stories and build trust as a first step. Christine has assisted a number of her high school diploma students cross the finish line and has been their biggest cheerleader. She is a true advocate for students and is always putting their interests first. In addition to her talent in the classroom, Christine has also coordinated other teachers and staff this year in pulling together student activities that build a strong campus community.
Christine creates an engaging and relevant learning environment for all her students. On student surveys many have expressed just how supportive she has been and what a positive impact she has made on their lives. One example of her significant impact was earlier this school year when a student shared with her the experience she had in her official citizenship interview. Because this student trusted Mrs. Spencer, she shared how the male interviewer made her feel uncomfortable. Not only did Christine listen and show empathy for her student, but she also reported the event and made sure there was no negative impact on the students' citizenship eligibility. This advocacy and integrity shown by Christine made a difference for this student because she felt like someone stood up for her and she was not alone in this situation. There is no doubt Christine goes above and beyond for her students, in and out of the classroom, to make them feel like valued and important members of our school and community.
We value and appreciate all Christine does for Tulare Adult School. Thank you Christine!
Adult Education Legislative & Budget Update
With the Legislature reconvening for its final push to the end of the 2023 legislative session, things are heating up in the Legislature with the fate of almost two thousand bills yet to be decided. Notably, the Legislature reconvened from their summer recess on August 14th and will work feverishly for the next month leading up to the end of session on September 14th to take action on the remaining bills pending in both houses. At this stage, many bills are on hold in the powerful Appropriations Committees in both houses, pending review of their fiscal impacts and any potential to mitigate those costs to advance them to the Governor’s desk for consideration. The Appropriations Committees are expected to take up their Suspense Files, where the bills are on hold for fiscal review, at the end of this month. Those bills that are voted off the Suspense File and to the Senate and Assembly Floors will then have to receive approval from the full body in both houses in order to advance to the Governor’s desk for his consideration and action by October 14th.
Click the button below to view a snapshot of some of the key bills CCAE and CAEAA have been engaged in discussions regarding over the past few months.