The Faces Behind CASCWA

San Joaquin Section

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Praxades Torres
San Joaquin Section 
President

 Parlier USD

ptorres@parlierunified.org

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Dr. Kevin Torosian
Past President
San Joaquin Section

Central USD

ktorosian@centralusd.k12.ca.us

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Maisie Young

San Joaquin Section
Vice President

Central USD

myoung@centralusd.k12.ca.us  

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Angelica Rios

San Joaquin Section
Treasurer
Fresno USD

mrsangelicarios@gmail.com  

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James Tate 
San Joaquin Section 
Secretary

Clovis USD, Retired 

jamesarthur3410@yahoo.com  

The Faces Behind CASCWA

San Joaquin — Board Members

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Sharma Uma
San Joaquin Section 

Northern Area Representative  
 

Stanislaus COE
suma@stancoe.org  

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Patricia Clark 
San Joaquin Section 
Northern Area
Member at Large 

Stockton USD

pclark@stocktonusd.net  

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Dennis Wiechmann 
San Joaquin Section 
Board Advisor
Sanger USD

dwiechmann@sbcglobal.net   

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Robin Gainey 
San Joaquin Section 

Southern Area

Webmaster 

 Mojave USD

robingainey@mojave.k12.ca.us

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Sergio Mendoza
San Joaquin Section 
Membership Chair
Burton School District 

sergio.mendoza@burtonschools.org 

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April Meza 
San Joaquin Section 
Board Advisor

Clovis USD

aprillemeza@cusd.com

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Roxanne Baeza
San Joaquin Section 
Legislative 
Representative
Fresno USD

Roxanne.Baeza@fresnounified.org

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David Cohen
San Joaquin Section 
Board Advisor
Clovis USD

davidcohen@cusd.com

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Praxades Torres
San Joaquin Section 
Membership/Marketing

 Parlier USD

ptorres@parlierunified.or

A Message From Our President

Dear CASCWA Members and Friends,

Just a few months ago, none of us imagined that we’d experience a period of such uncertainty.  Covid-19 is an ongoing pandemic, and as a result, a lot has quickly changed for all of us— schools are closed, sports are discontinued, time with friends means wearing a mask and being six feet apart, and summertime plans are on hold.  This is also a time for heartfelt re-evaluations of what matters most for civil society.  We’re listening, learning, and coming together around issues of social justice.

 

What has remained constant during these past few months is our commitment to caring for the children and youth in our school districts and communities.

 

It’s an honor to serve as the new president of the San Joaquin Section of CASCWA.

 

What I’ve observed across the San Joaquin Valley is educators stepping up to serve and stepping out of our normal roles.  We’ve helped our students adjust to schools being closed and to transition to distance learning.  We’ve made sure our students have learning packets, technology, connectivity, and food.  We’ve helped address our student’s well-being while they struggle with social isolation, stress and anxiety.  We’ve made sure that outreach touches all students and families, helping those struggling the most to attend and engage in school.  And, we’ve demonstrated acts of kindness in big and small ways.  You’re our superheroes!

 

It’s now summertime.  We’re all deeply involved in planning for reopening schools in safe and engaging new ways.  I look forward to sharing how my district, Parlier Unified School District, moves forward, and to learning from all of you about how to open the new school year stronger and better than ever. 

 

We’re in this together.

 

Stay well,

 

Praxades Torres III

San Joaquin Section President

2020-21 San Joaquin Section Executive Board Meeting Dates:

All regularly scheduled meetings are from 1:30-3:00

2020-21 Meetings:

Future meeting dates will soon be updated

Information on our future CASCWA San Joaquin events will be placed here soon!

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