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Life Membership Award

Jill Rojas

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. Jill continued her career as a demonstration and resource teacher in Kerman and a staff development trainer for the district Multi-Lingual Teacher Training Institute (MTTI) and other inservices. In Kerman, she assisted in the planning and implementation of a Title VII Bilingual Grant that served 12 school districts. Jill went on to be the Bilingual Coordinator for Laton Unified School District for five years before holding the position of District Administrator for two more years. It was at this time that Jill moved to Visalia Adult School as the Assistant Principal for Finance and Administration. She held this position for five years before becoming the Visalia Adult School Principal in 2004 and has served as such for the past 12 years.

Jill Rojas has been an administrator at Visalia Adult School for 15 years; three years as Assistant Principal for Finance and Administration and 12 years as Principal. During her 15 years at Visalia Adult School, Jill has been responsible for funding through resources other than state apportionment; such as, CalWORKS, WIA, One-Stop, CBET, Even Start, and other agency contacts. Locally, she has served on the boards of the One-Stop, Prop 10, and other community partnership groups and maintained a strong presence in the community with strong collaborative relationships with WID, College of the Sequoias, Kaweah Health Care District, and various community organizations. She has also been an active member of CATESOL, CAEAA, ACSA, and COABE.

One of Jill Rojas' greatest contributions to Adult Education occurred during the time of state reductions to adult education. Working with the VUSD administration and Board, Jill ensured that educational services were maintained in the community. Visalia Adult School was one of the few adult schools in the state to maintain a majority of its adult education funding, with the district sweeping less than 20% of its reserves. Jill is the AB86 Sequoias Adult Education Consortium (SAEC) Task Force Co-Chair. As Co-Chair, Jill's strong leadership skills have led to high levels of collaboration between the community college and the ten adult schools within the regional consortium resulting in a plan which promises to be highly effective in meeting the adult education needs of the region. Outside of the region, she has served on ESL Model Standards committees at the CDE. Jill wrote the grant to build the Children's Center for Child Care Services at Visalia Adult School. She maintained quality CTE programs throughout her tenure as Principal. Additionally, Jill promoted and expanded course opportunities for Spanish speakers in the Visalia area with the addition of Spanish GED Prep classes. As principal, Visalia Adult School received its 6 year WASC accreditation requiring no mid-term visit.

Jill Rojas has been an active CCAE member and has been instrumental in increasing CCAE membership from within her site. Additionally, she has encouraged her staff members to become active members and officers of the CCAE Central Section. Each year, she ensures that all staff members have the opportunity to attend CCAE local and State conferences. Jill has been on the CCAE Central Section board since 2003. During this time, she has held the office of Member-at-Large and CTE Representative. Jill has been an active participant at the local and section level, attending all meetings. Additionally, she has participated in and attended CCAE Legislative Day at the capital as well as meeting regularly with state legislators to promote adult education.

Jill Rojas was nominated for Fresno County Administrator of the Year in 1999 for Laton Unified School District. She has been an active member of Soroptimist International in Visalia since 2005 and has served on various planning committees as the organization assists and promotes programs and individuals that improve the lives of women and girls. Jill is one of the nominees for the Visalia Unified School District Excellence in Education Award. She and her husband, Rey, have two sons, Gerald and Jason, a daughter-in-law, Sue, and two grandchildren.