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Region 5 2018 Celebration of Leadership

April 12, 2018  |   Comments Off on Region 5 2018 Celebration of Leadership

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Basque Cultural Center
599 Railroad Avenue, South San Francisco 

2018 Region 5 Administrators of the Year Awardees
Wendy Cheong—Elementary Principal
Erin Lynch—Secondary Co-admin
Michael Davis—Classified Administrator
Bill Sanderson—Assistant Superintendent, HS Division
Dr. Wendy Tukloff—Superintendent, Pacifica ESD

Friend of Education Award
Harper for Kids

Every Student Succeeding Award
Emily Tang, 5th grade John Yehall Chin Elementary School


The George Hurley Outstanding Service to Region 5 Perpetual Plaque
Jeannie Horn


Moving On Up: Event Photos

March 2, 2018  |   Comments Off on Moving On Up: Event Photos

Moving On Up: Learn what it takes to advance up the educational leadership ladder

Grosvenor Hotel 380 South Airport Blvd. South San Francisco
March 19, 2018

“Moving On Up” List of presenters:

Positions Presenters
Superintendent Wendy Tukloff, Superintendent, Pacifica School
County Office Lori Musso, San Mateo County Office of Education
Special Education Anjanette Pelletier, San Mateo County Office of Education
Human Resource Jaqueline McEvoy, Assistant Superintendent, SUHSD
Secondary Principal Shari Balisi, High School Principal, SFUSD
Elementary Principal Monica Nagy, Elementary Principal, SSFUSD
Assistant Principal Loraine Rossi De Campos, Assistant Principal, SSFUSD
Charter School Oversight Michael Davis, Director, SFUSD


Every Student Succeeding 2017

January 29, 2018  |   Comments Off on Every Student Succeeding 2017

South San Francisco special needs student finds joy in the face of adversity


Adrian Madrigal may just be one of the friendliest people you will meet. He’s always smiling. He’s always saying hi.

“We walk down the street and people are like, ‘Hey Adrian,’” said Leslie Mejia, Adrian’s mom. “Everywhere he goes, he always makes friends. Everybody loves him.”

When asked why he is so happy, even Adrian has a tough time explaining his joyful demeanor.

“I’m just happy all the time for no reason,” Adrian said.

But if anyone had the right to be down and depressed, it would be Adrian. As a young child, he was diagnosed with hydronephrosis, a condition characterized by excess fluid in the kidney. Adrian uses a catheter every day and is currently on the transplant list. For Adrian, that meant a lot of time spent in the hospital.

“It was just confusing,” Mejia said. “I didn’t know what to expect. We just took it day by day. He celebrated birthdays and Christmases in the hospital.”

Adrian was also born with a mental delay. His speech was severely limited until the age of eleven. Now sixteen years old, Adrian attends moderate-severe special education classes at South San Francisco High.

“I’ve taught all these years and I’ve never met a young man who’s gone through so many challenges and come out so well,” teacher Karen Nyquist said. “And he’s been the most socially aware and the one who’s grown the most maturity of any of the students I’ve seen in all this time. That’s why he stands out so much.”

The future is still murky for Adrian and his family. And while independence is the long-term goal, it’s far from a reality. But Adrian’s mother is more focused on the present and the day-to-day progress of her son.

“Every year he always achieves something else,” Mejia said. “Every single year. Adrian wouldn’t walk. Now he runs. He does stuff on his own. We can leave him alone. He can do for himself. I just hope he keeps on achieving.”

Walking the halls at South San Francisco High, it’s easy to understand why Adrian is an inspiration to everyone he meets.

“Sometimes when we’re feeling down, we just look at Adrian,” Mejia said. “And he’s been through so much. And nothing gets him down. He’s always happy. He always worries about other people.”

Even South San Francisco High principal Cynthia Rapaido, gets emotional talking about one of her star students.

“He’s like my superhero,” Rapaido said. “He’s just resilient. He doesn’t complain. He’s always happy. Not just the simple things in life. But just always grateful.”

There is no debating Adrian Madrigal’s social side. But if you look deeper, you’ll fall in love with his innocence, his warmth, and his purity.

“He’s just a good good person,” Nyquist said. “And lots of times when people have a lot of challenges, they can have some hardness. They harden their hearts or something but is heart is very tender.”

Welcome to ACSA Region 5!

August 2, 2017  |   Comments Off on Welcome to ACSA Region 5!

We are delighted to welcome you to our region website. ACSA’s Region 5 serves the Bay Area counties of San Francisco and San Mateo. It serves 25 districts, including San Francisco USD, the top performing large urban school district in California, and more than 300 schools educating 158,000 students.

Please check back often to see regional and state updates, news, events, networking and volunteer opportunities and resources, or to quickly contact your Region 5 leadership.

A region calendar and other new features will be coming soon.

We look forward to hearing from you!

New Message from Region 5 President

January 21, 2014  |   Comments Off on New Message from Region 5 President

Region 5’s new president, Jay Spaulding, Director of Educational Services in South San Francisco Unified School District, discusses the region’s goals for 2014-15, three upcoming major changes in public education and the leadership in our charters.

Read the full message here.

Women in Leadership Encourage, Inspire

January 30, 2013  |   Comments Off on Women in Leadership Encourage, Inspire

On Monday, November 26, 2012, Region 5 held their Women’s Leadership Network event. Approximately 40 members attended this highly successful evening. Great round of applause for the organizer of the event, Past-president Caroline Satoda. She did a fabulous job, together with the speaker panelists, facilitators, and MCs. Andy Parson organized the questions for the panelists, communicated with the panelists, and was co-Master of Ceremonies the event. Linda Wells was co-Master of Ceremonies as well and kept the panel members focused on answering the questions, assisted in creating the Wordle which can be found here, and handled all technical difficulties encountered. Diane Yee did a fun ice-breaking activity which allowed the members to socialize openly and freely.

Our Women’s Panel was powerful and dynamic, consisting of the following members:
Dr. Carolyn McKennan – Retired Superintendent, Morgan Hill USD
Dr. Elizabeth Blanco – Assistant Superintendent, SFUSD
Dee Dee Desmond – Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent’s Bayview Zone, SFUSD
Dr. Wendy Tukloff – Superintendent, Pacifica USD
Dr. Shawnterra Moore – Assistant Superintendent, South San Francisco USD
Dr. Alice Petrossian – Past President, ACSA

Special thanks to each and every one of them for sharing their personal and professional experiences, challenges, and words of wisdom about career opportunities, mentoring, balancing life, and the importance of  being supportive of each other. Their words were very motivational, inspirational, critical and important. We hope all attendees continue to  attend Region 5 events, get involved, and stay connected with us!

Teshara named Administrator of the Year

December 6, 2012  |   Comments Off on Teshara named Administrator of the Year

Adult Education Administrator of the Year: Growing a learning community
reprinted from the August 20, 2012 edition of EdCal

The ultimate goal of anyone working in education is to prepare students for the future. This is true both for those who work with children and those who work with adults in the nearly 500 adult schools across the state.

Teshara with ACSA Board Officers at the Awards Ceremony on Nov. 9. Left to right: Lisa Gonzales, VP Legislative Action; Randall Delling, Vice President; Teshara; David Gomez, President; Mark Ecker, President-Elect,; Alice Petrossian, Immediate Past President.

One ACSA leader who is dedicated to preparing adults for their futures is Larry Teshara, director/principal of the San Mateo Adult School. For his efforts, he has been named ACSA’s 2012 Adult Education Administrator of the Year.

Teshara, who has spent the last 15 years in adult education, is known as a student-oriented educator with the ability to develop a strong community of learners among students, teachers and staff. In fact, he said it is the school community that has led to success in his own career.

“I receive this award on behalf of a great faculty and staff of 125 dedicated professionals,” he said. “Any time you are recognized by your peers it is a great honor. The opportunity to network with California’s leading educational leaders has been most fulfilling.”

San Mateo County is one of the most diverse in the state; in fact, K-12 schools no longer have a majority ethnic population. As a result, the adult school’s largest program, English as a Second Language, served more than 5,000 students last year. Students come from more than 90 countries, speaking more than 60 native languages.

“Our school has grown and prospered and is viewed as one of the state’s leading adult schools,” Teshara said. “Our school is where these students find the way to better themselves and become productive parents, workers and citizens.”

Teshara said a recent visitor wrote the following about San Mateo Adult School, which he calls a “beautiful tribute” that makes his staff very proud: “This is where the rubber meets the road; where students from all walks of life get the affordable help they so desperately need to support their families and the community. The caring America these students are experiencing locally is the America they share with others globally. It is not an overstatement whatsoever to say that this school promotes both world peace and local stability.”

Teshara accepting his award from Board President David Gomez.

Teshara said one of the highlights of the job is the ability to interact with students and staff.

“It is great to come to work in such a positive high energy environment, where students are eager to learn and staff is passionate about their mission,” he said.

The greatest challenge Teshara faces is the lack of a dedicated funding stream for adult education. As adult education budgets are reduced or eliminated, many schools have been closed statewide, and those that remain open are forced to do more with less.

“Finances are our number one challenge,” Teshara said. “There is no shortage of eager learners, dedicated staff or local support. State resources to support our effort is the challenge. Given the crucial nature of our mission, lack of support for adult education portends a bleak economic future for many, if not all of us. I appreciate ACSA’s continued support of adult educators.”

Teshara said he learned the value of public service from his parents, who came from different immigrant backgrounds, neither with a high school education. His father was a natural with young people and was active in Scouting and youth sports. He was a milk deliveryman and after completing his route began working with the community.

“Only when I came to the adult school did I really connect with my own roots,” said Teshara, who himself is involved with the Boy Scouts of America. “Service to others was modeled daily, and I always thought being a teacher would be a great way to serve others and stay young too!”

Teshara knew from an early age he would enter the field of education.

“I knew I loved working with young people and that would be my career,” he said. “Adult education was not on my early radar but easily became something I am very passionate about. I feel my career has been guided and, second only to family, is my greatest blessing.”

Teshara began his career as a teacher/counselor in San Bruno ESD in the late 1960s, moving onto the San Mateo Union HSD in 1972. There, he served as teacher/counselor, assistant principal and principal before taking his current position in 1997.

He also gives back to his profession by serving as adult education representative on the San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board and board member for the California State Consortium for Adult Education.

“After 10 years as a teacher and counselor, I realized I could increase my sphere of influence through school leadership,” he said. “I was mentored by several colleagues and began as a high school assistant principal, joining ACSA shortly thereafter.”

Teshara said ACSA has been a crucial career partner over the years. He has served in several leadership roles in ACSA at both the region and state level, including serving on the state Board of Directors from 2006 to 2011, president of Region 5 and his current position, Region 5 vice president for legislative action.

“ACSA has been a very important part of my professional career and provided numerous growth opportunities through leadership, professional development and networking,” he said. “My five years on the ACSA state Board of Directors was a major highlight of my professional career.”

Teshara will be formally honored, together with all Administrators of the Year, during ACSA’s Leadership Summit, Nov. 8-10 in San Diego. To register, visit Access photos of the award recipient at

Application for Region Council/Committee Representative or Charter Officer Position

November 26, 2012  |   Comments Off on Application for Region Council/Committee Representative or Charter Officer Position

Download application form

Vacant Charter Officer Positions

(as of December 3, 2012)

San Francisco Charter Officers:

  • President Elect
  • VP Membership
  • VP Programs/Awards
  • VP Legislative Action

San Mateo Charter Officers:

  • VP Membership
  • VP Programs/Awards
  • VP Legislative Action

Vacant State Council and Committee Representatives

(as of December 3, 2012)

  • Classified Educational Leader
  • Legislative Policy
  • Technology Leadership Group

For more information, contact Region 5 Region Consultant George Robinson at

Download application form


July 17, 2012  |   Comments Off on ABC’s of ACSA

Led by V.P. Membership Services, Cynthia Rapaido, participants at the Region 5 Octoberfest at the Grosvenor on October 24, 2011 offered this list of words associated with the theme of  “What ACSA Means to Me.”

“The ABC’s of ACSA:  What does ACSA mean to Region 5?”

A: all together
B: brings out the best
C: collaboration
D: determination
E: energy
F: fantastic!
G: generations
H: helpful
I: innovative
J: jobs
K: knowledge
L: law suits
M: mentoring
N: networking
O: opportunities
P: professional
Q: quality
R: risk takers
S: service
T: team work
U: unity
V: volunteers
W: wisdom
X: anti-Xenophobic
Y: youthful
Z: zealous

A fun exercise, with prizes for the participants distributed with the help of VP Legislative Action Larry Teshara. Larry completed all 26 out of 26 passes to cap a successful evening.