Teacher Spotlight

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Southern Section wishes to spotlight two of our own powerhouse teachers, Francisco Lopez (Chaffey Adult School) and Roland Espinosa (Inland Career Education Center).

Francisco, a 21-year veteran teacher, and 2016 CCAE State Excellence in Teaching awardee and Teacher of the Year for Moreno Valley Unified School District in 2018, with 12 years at Chaffey Adult School, is currently teaching Online-HS diploma and ABE math, began his Adult Education (AE) career in ESL, and is also a full-time 2nd grade teacher. Roland, also a two-time award winning teacher, as District Teacher of the Year in 2000 for Santa Ana Unified, and as a 2016 CCAE State Excellence in Teaching awardee, started his career in elementary and middle school 27 years ago, then entered AE in 2011 at the Inland Career and Education Center where he has taught in the ABE, ASE and ESL program areas. Currently, Roland teaches five GED courses that prepare students for their Reasoning Through Language Arts and Social Studies exams.

Both Francisco and Roland note that teaching in AE is incredibly rewarding and provides adults with opportunities for career pathways. Francisco enjoys teaching fractions to his students, and he utilizes technology in the classroom to assist in their learning. Francisco says, "Teaching adults is like a walk in the park for me. I love the fact that students want to be here." Roland points out that it is amazing that students who may not have been in an academic setting for many years can apply themselves and thrive academically. Roland says, "I enjoy witnessing the transformation of how students feel empowered to transition on to college and career opportunities after passing their GED exams."

Francisco and Roland have been members of CCAE for 8 and 5 years respectively. Both, jumped into CCAE leadership positions right away. Starting at the chapter level, both have been Chapter Presidents; Roland with the San Bernardino Chapter and Francisco with the Chaffey Chapter for which he was a founding member. Presently, Francisco is serving a second term as Southern Section President and Roland is serving as President-Elect. It is also important to note that Francisco and Roland are the 2019 CCAE State Conference Co-Chairs. They have brought together a large team of fellow teachers, clerical support staff and administrators to put adult education in the spotlight and to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of CCAE.

Francisco Lopez and Roland Espinosa are extraordinary adult education teachers who go above and beyond for their students, their districts and the adult education field. Their CCAE Southern Section Board Members are honored to spotlight Francisco's and Roland's contribution to adult education.