Central Section

Luis Gomez: Sanger Adult School

Luis Gomez, as a teenager in high school, many things distracted him from concentrating on school.  He left school in 2009, when he learned that he would not be able to graduate with his class.

After working a few different jobs and hitting multiple dead- ends, Luis realized that he was not going to get ahead without an education. He registered for Sanger Adult School to earn his high school diploma in 2014. When he returned to school, he had a wife and daughter to support. The Independent Study Program allowed him to continue working fulltime to support his family and study at night.

Luis graduated from Sanger Adult School in 2015. After investigating a variety of career options, he landed a job at Creative Alternatives School as an Instructional Aide. Currently, he is working as a Transportation Coordinator for the same school. This job has allowed Luis the financial freedom to buy a house for his family. Buying the house has two positive outcomes: One, Luis and his family have a stable home. The second is that the property has a guesthouse that he rents out to supplement his income.

All and all, Luis is living a comfortable and productive life. He is grateful for the opportunity to attend adult school to finish his high school diploma. Luis said, “I feel that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the adult school”.

Sergio Coronel: Sanger Adult School

Sergio Coronel was involved with a notorious street gang and was twice incarcerated as a teenager. Growing up, he had been told by his teachers that he would never be able to graduate from high school. He was behind in credits and struggling in the English language.  He witnessed a horrific incident at age 18 and decided to return to school. When he arrived at Sanger Adult School everything changed. Even though he was afraid and embarrassed, the instructors gave him hope. They encouraged him to read and pursue education.

He graduated from Sanger Adult School and Reedley College. He is now attending CSU Fresno and is double majoring in Criminal Justice and History. He hopes to work in the criminal justice system where he can mentor other young men and women who are struggling. He also wants to be a published researcher.

Mickey Obermire: Clovis Adult School

Mickey has been employed at Clovis Adult Education, since August 1995, and has been a CCAE member, since 2011. Under her guidance, the Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) program has graduated first-rate students and is recognized as one of the leading and most demanding programs in the Valley. Mickey is solely responsible for being the only approved adult school in the Central Section to offer the CMA National Certification Exam.

Mickey holds Designated Subjects teaching credentials in both Vocational Education and Adult Education. She is currently authorized to teach Computer Applications, Healthcare Diagnostics Services, Healthcare Information Services and Office Occupations. Mickey is always looking for opportunities to take part in professional development to expand her skills in teaching and curriculum development. She has completed OTAN's Online Teaching Academy (OTAC) and is currently participating in the 2016-2018 Digital Leadership Academy (DLAC). She has been a presenter at numerous CCAE chapter and section conferences, sharing her expertise in online education with other adult school educators.

Mickey has demonstrated a unique knowledge and understanding of the Medical Assistant curriculum and presents that curriculum in a relevant and real-world format for students. We truly appreciate the way Mickey makes students a priority, and constantly seeks ways to insure their success. These are the traits of a professional educator. We cannot thank Mickey enough for her continued years of dedication, commitment and energy. We love the passion she demonstrates every day for the program and is a wonderful and loyal member of the adult school family. It is our honor and pleasure to work with Mickey and watch her transform the CMA program into one of the finest in the Valley.

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!"