The class consisted of 46 educators, including school administrators and teachers from across Northern California.
Those graduating from Tracy were Leslie Pombo and Shanna Laney, earning master’s degrees in educational leadership and school development and certification in administrative services; Julie Gard, master’s in advanced teaching practice; Rui Jorge Themundo Sousa, master’s of educational inquiry; Claudette Bruno and Lisa-Marie Burns, certification in administrative services; and Patricia Nora Bauer and Machone Hicks, multiple-subject certification.
College spokesman Adam Ratliff said Banta School eighth-grade teacher Pombo, who has been teaching for 26 years in Tracy, was among the Tracy graduates. He said she wanted to attend the Teachers College to reinvigorate her career.
Ratliff said Pombo credited the college with giving her one-on-one training with school administrators that will enable her to prepare her students for changes in the California education system.
Teachers College was established in 2009 by the San Joaquin County Office of Education to focus on kindergarten through 12th-grade reform. According to the college’s mission statement, it is working to develop a new generation of teachers and school leaders who can connect high-quality academics with career-technical education.
“Our graduating class is comprised of the brightest educators in California, who are redefining the traditional educational model by preparing students for success in college and career,” said Catherine Kearney, the dean of Teachers College, in a prepared statement.