Excellence in Support Services


Mary Gonzales

This will be Mary Gonzales' 7th year as Visalia Adult School's CCAE chapter president. Mary Gonzales has been and continues to be the driving force for all of the CCAE fundraising at Visalia Adult School. She plans our fundraisers, organizes the workforce to carry out each event, and goes into each classroom to promote the fundraisers and garner student participation.

 Mary Gonzales was actively involved in the preparation and production of the 2012 CCAE State Conference that was held in Fresno. She volunteered her time to assist in a variety of ways. Mary has continued to assist at the section level during each of the Central Section conferences.

On our site, Mary is one of the first people to greet our incoming ESL and Spanish GED students. She leads their orientation and registration process and reassures them as they tackle their CASAS exams. Mary is a regular presence on our campus who is known by most of our students as a kind-hearted and helpful soul who can always be approached and asked for assistance. As she's told her bosses on a number of occassions, "I'm not here for you. I'm here for our students."

Mary Gonzales has been Visalia Adult Schools Instructional Aide for 31 years and she is irreplaceable. On our site, she is one of the first people to greet our incoming ESL and Spanish GED students. Mary leads their orientation and registration process and reassures them as they tackle their CASAS exams. She can regularly be seen interacting with students on campus, most of whom know her as kind-hearted, an attentive listener, and a helpful soul who can always be approached and asked for assistance. Our staff knows that Mary is often difficult to find on campus because she is always on the move - either interacting with students, walking materials from one teacher to another, or setting up the table to do CCAE fundraising. 

This will be Mary’s 7th year as Visalia Adult School's CCAE Chapter President. She has been and continues to be the driving force for all of the CCAE fundraising at Visalia Adult School. Mary plans our fundraisers, organizes the workforce to carry out each event, and goes into each classroom to promote the fundraisers and garner student participation. She was also a part of the Central Section Team who helped organize and present the 2012 CCAE State Conference that was held in Fresno. She volunteered her time to assist in a variety of ways and will surely do so again when the Central Section hosts the 2018 CCAE State Conference. Additionally, Mary has continued to assist at the section level during each of the Central Section CCAE conferences.

Visalia Adult School is pleased and honored to present Mary Gonzales with the State CCAE Excellence in Support Services Award. As she has said so often, "I'm here for our students". This is easy to see through all of her hard work. Mary engages with our students in order to make them feel welcome and encourage them on their individual paths. She assists her teachers so they can best meet the needs of their students. She continuously organizes fundraising events to raise money for student scholarships. For all of her outstanding work and tireless efforts, our Visalia Adult School staff and students would like to say, “Thank you, Mary Gonzales!”