Teacher training in the spotlight as shortages loom

After years of layoffs, some Stanislaus County districts scrambled to find teachers this year, with more shortages anticipated as baby boomers retire, class sizes trim and college graduates return to teacher training. But amid the upheaval, new ideas are taking hold.


Students in the pink at new Ceres school

Pink-shirted students at Patricia Kay Beaver Elementary School, Ceres’ newest campus, race and play during a ceremony capping a weeklong community service project, raising money to fight breast cancer. The school is named for a Ceres teacher who died of breast cancer in 2001, and her daughter is its principal.


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