Classified Spotlight

Susan Perez: Montebello Community Adult School

Susan Perez began her career as a Clerical Assistant with Montebello Community Adult School (MCAS) in 1990. Susan thoroughly enjoyed office work and the students and staff she worked with. In 1996, Susan obtained her Vocational Education Credential. Computers were new to school sites, and Susan seized this new challenge and quickly learned anything and everything she could about them. She was instrumental in training staff on the benefits of computers and how to use them effectively. When the typing teacher retired, Susan was asked to take over the class, and a teacher was born! Susan taught the typing class for the next ten years.

In 2013, Susan was promoted to School Secretary at Bell Gardens Adult School. A year later, she also became the School Secretary at Ford Park Adult School. Susan was able to balance her enormous responsibilities at both sites as she moved back and forth between campuses each day.

Susan administered the GED and currently administers the HiSet exam. Susan was among the first to master ASAP and is extremely patient as she helps teachers and classified staff navigate their way through learning the system. Administrator Phillip Tenorio says of Susan, “Ms. Perez always goes above and beyond to help staff and students on campus. She is a big reason why Ford Park Adult School is a great place to learn. Susie makes my life easier and it is a pleasure to work with her every day.”

Susan is an enthusiastic supporter of all things CCAE. She uses her creativity and computer skills to make posters that are displayed throughout the campus to make sure all CCAE events are well publicized and supported.

Susan has also won the State award which was presented at the 2019 CCAE State Conference this spring in San Diego.

Ana Rubalcava: Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education

Ana Rubalcava is an incredible coworker and friend. With over 30 years of experience at the Baldwin Park Unified School District, she shares her skills and abilities with students and staff alike.

Ana entered adult education as a library technician in 1993, where she established an interactive learning resource for all. Presently, Ana is in charge of the Learning Center at Baldwin Park and Community Education. She serves students, teachers, and the community by maintaining the library resources and organizing workshops and events. She tutors students and puts extra effort into finding the best resources for each individual. Ana has dedicated herself to adult education through her role in support services and also holds a teaching credential in adult programs. Ana has taught basic computer skills and was involved in older adult programs. Her students consistently return and express how thankful they are for her instruction.

Apart from her work at BPACE she plays a key role in the CCAE South Coast Section as Section Treasurer. She advocates for CCAE Baldwin Park Chapter, as she has stepped up on multiple occasions to take on the duties of Chapter President.

With great thought, she uses her creativity and crafting skills to fundraise for student scholarships because, as she expresses, "It's for the greater good of our students and community." Baldwin Park is also Ana's hometown, and she participates and supports local events that bring families and friends together. Join us in recognizing Ana for her kindness and dedication. Great work, Ana!

Mary Gonzalez: Visalia Adult School

Mary Gonzales has been Visalia Adult School's Instructional Aide for 32 years,  and she is irreplaceable. She is one of the first people to greet incoming ESL and Spanish GED students at VAS. Mary leads orientation and registration processes and reassures students as they tackle their CASAS exams. She can regularly be seen interacting with students on campus, most of whom know her as kind-hearted, attentive, and helpful. The VAS 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 8th 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 fundraisers, organizes the workforce to carry out each event, and goes into each classroom to promote the fundraisers and garner student participation. 

At the section level, Mary assisted during each of the Central Section CCAE conferences.  She was also a part of the Central Section Team that helped organize and present the 2006 and 2012 CCAE State Conferences, in Fresno. She volunteered her time to assist in a variety of ways and has promised to do so again when the Central Section hosts the 2018 CCAE State Conference, even though she will have retired the December prior to the event. 
Visalia Adult School was pleased and honored to present Mary Gonzales with the Central Section's Charles O. Peterson Meritorious Service Award in 2016/17. Mary was also a recipient of the award at the state level. 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, The Central Section and Visalia Adult School staff and students would like to say, "Thank you, Mary Gonzales!"