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District Bids Farewell to 19 Dedicated Educators

District Bids Farewell to 19 Dedicated Educators


In a heartfelt event filled with nostalgia and appreciation, Redwood City School District (RCSD) celebrated the retirement of 19 esteemed teachers, staff, and administrators who collectively dedicated an astounding 353 years of service to Redwood City children. The event, held in May at the District Office, was a tribute to their commitment and invaluable contributions to the community.

From shaping young minds in the classroom to ensuring the smooth functioning of administrative tasks, these individuals have left an indelible mark on countless students, colleagues, and the entire district.

Superintendent Baker welcomes and thanks the retirees and their guests

Superintendent Baker welcomes and thanks the retirees and their guests


Superintendent Dr. John Baker expressed profound gratitude, saying, “The retirement of these exceptional educators marks the end of an era, but their impact will resonate for generations to come. Their dedication, passion, and expertise have been instrumental in shaping the educational landscape of our district.”

Board Trustees and some retiree family members joined Superintendent Baker at the reception to honor the retirees.

Among the retirees are teachers renowned for their innovative teaching methods, staff members cherished for their support, and administrators admired for their visionary leadership. Each retiree brings a wealth of experience, wisdom, and memories that will be treasured for years to come.
 

Enrique Calderon, RCSD Coordinador of Expanded Learning in the Dept. of Community Schools and Partnerships; Superintendent Baker; and Retiree Sandra Calderon, MIT Office Manager.

Pictured L-R: Enrique Calderon, RCSD Coordinador of Expanded Learning in the Dept. of Community Schools and Partnerships; Superintendent Baker; and Retiree Sandra Calderon, MIT Office Manager. Ms. Calderon and Superintendent Baker once worked closely together during Superintendent Baker’s Principalship at Hoover Community School. Ms. Calderon calls Enrique, her son, her inheritance to the district

The 2024 retirees are:

  • Maria Barroso Cabrera--2nd Grade Teacher, Hoover Community School
    2 years of service

  • Sandra Calderon--School Office Manager, McKinley Institute of Technology (MIT)
    39 years of service

  • Blanca Castillo--Paraeducator, Kennedy Middle School
    19 years of service

  • Emigdio Cervantes--Custodian, McKinley Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Three years of service

  • Linda Costa--3rd Grade Teacher, Clifford School
    19 years of service

  • Leslie Daniele--Director of English Language Development (ELD) and Categorical Programs, District Office
    16 years of service

  • Paulette Elliott---Library Media Technical Associate, Roosevelt School
    26 years of service

  • Rommel Guera-- Food Service Kitchen Lead, McKinley Institute of Technology (MIT)
    7 years of service

  • Tracey Gardella--SDC Teacher, Clifford School
    16 years of service

  • Nuria Godcharles--1st Grade Teacher, Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion School
    29 years of service

  • Fanny Gonzales-Sprouse--Interim Principal, Garfield Community School
    35 years of service

  • Bryan Howell--STEAM Teacher, Orion Alternative Elementary School
    19 years of service

  • Susan Jorgensen---Library Media Technical Associate, Taft Community School
    17 years of service

  • Rosa Juarez--Instructional Assistant, Garfield Community School Child Development Center (CDC)
    22 years of service

  • Israel Lara--Custodian, North Star Academy
    23 years of service

  • Steffani Lera---Library Media Technical Associate, Roy Cloud School
    27 years of service

  • Dennis Lee--STEAM Teacher, McKinley Institute of Technology (MIT)
    One year of service

  • Celeste May--Kindergarten Teacher, Roy Cloud School
    24 years of service

  • Brenda Robinson--5th Grade Teacher, North Star Academy
    9 years of service
The 2024 retirees are joined by Superintendent Baker and Board Trustees

The 2024 retirees are joined by Superintendent Baker and Board Trustees

As they embark on this new chapter of their lives, RCSD extends its heartfelt thanks and best wishes to these remarkable individuals, whose legacy will continue to inspire and enrich the lives of many.