Focus on Education (07/17/14)


The Stanislaus County Division of the California Retired Teachers Association claimed top honors for 2014 in membership recruitment. Modesto’s Cathy Wooley, division membership chairwoman, accepted the Richard A. Hoffmann Memorial Award for the division with the greatest membership gain statewide, as well as the greatest increase in membership among all other divisions of similar size. The local group has a membership of some 880 and gained 63 members last year. Wooley is a former Beyer High School teacher. Stanislaus Division Past President Jim Sterling of Modesto was recognized by the state group with this year’s Ruth Q. dePrida Award for “dedication and devotion as an educator and community leader.” Sterling taught at C.F. Brown Elementary in the Sylvan Union district in north Modesto.


Brandman University will hold a Careers in Teaching Job Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. July 24 at the campus, 5222 Pirrone Court, Salida. Representatives from the Patterson School District, Manteca School District and Stanislaus County Office of Education will be on hand looking to fill positions requiring single-subject, multiple-subject and special-education credentials. Workshops will be held on how to become a substitute teacher, how to apply for educational jobs and how to interview for a career in education. Register to attend at Fill out online applications in advance via EDJOIN at Bring copies of credentials and come prepared to be interviewed. The job fair is free and no RSVP is required.


Two Modesto grads have joined Teach for America, committing to teach for two years in high-needs schools near New Orleans and in the Bay Area. After graduating from Yale, 2010 Enochs High graduate John Gonzalez will teach in the Greater New Orleans Louisiana Delta region. Tomara Hall, a 2009 graduate of Davis High, will teach in the Bay Area, with school placement yet to be finalized. Gonzalez said his Ivy League experience was possible because of strong academic and personal support. “Others are not so lucky, and I am serving in Teach for America because I want to be an advocate for those who did not have the opportunities I had,” he said. Founded in 1990, Teach for America placed 11,000 teachers in 48 high-needs urban and rural regions in the 2013-14 school year. For more, go to


Lambpen Homeschool Ministries will hold an “Introduction to Home Education” seminar at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 4 in Escalon. A home-schooling veteran with more than 20 years’ experience will lead the class, which will be open to those considering home schooling, parents wanting to change school direction, or family and friends who have questions and concerns about home schooling. The seminar will cover deciding if home schooling is a good fit, organizing the home, legal options, resources and approaches, record keeping, and finding support and socialization. The meeting is free. For more information, contact JulieBeth by email at, call (209) 838-6062 or go to