San Joaquin Section

Welcome to San Joaquin Section

Greetings CASCWA San Joaquin Section Members,

I am extremely excited and honored to serve as the San Joaquin Section President for the upcoming 2017-2018 year. The San Joaquin Executive Board has been busy all summer. We met for a retreat over the summer that was held down in Tehachapi to make final preparations for another busy year of workshops and continued discussion for the upcoming 2018 State Conference that the San Joaquin Section will host on May 9-11 at the Doubletree Hotel in Fresno. The Executive Board filled all vacant positions for upcoming year with several educators committed to coordinating the highest level of professional development opportunities possible to those throughout the San Joaquin Section and State of
California, while always focusing on what is best for students.

San Joaquin Section sponsors two workshop events each year. Our two-day Fall Workshop will be held on Thursday, August 31st through Friday, September 1st at the Petersen Event Center in Modesto. Our annual winter workshop will be held sometime during the month of December, but venue plans are still being generated. Please watch for Save the Date information for registration and program information in the coming months.

San Joaquin Section also plans and organizes an annual scholarship luncheon to recognize students who, through hard work and support, made the commitment and succeeded in improving their character. For those students who are awarded the Anthony Brucia Success Award, it represents a belief in them, recognition of their achievements, and commitment to their future. Their success is CASCWA’s award! The annual scholarship luncheon will be held during the State Conference. Please stay tuned for further information regarding the upcoming luncheon.


Brian C. Chandler
President, CASCWA- San Joaquin Section

2016-17 San Joaquin Section Board Meetings

Date Time Location
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 3:00 pm Petersen Event Center, Modesto, CA
September 1, 2017 2:00 pm Stanislaus County Office of Education (Fall Conference)
October 13, 2017 8:00 am Fresno County Office of Education (Model SARB Workshop) Click here to Register
October 20, 2017 12:00pm-1:30pm  Central Unified and Online Meeting
November 17, 2017 11:00am-3:00pm Parlier Unified School District and Online Meeting
December 8, 2017 TBA Winter Workshop – Tehachapi, CA
January 19, 2018 11:00am-3:00pm Online Meeting
February 16, 2018 12:00pm-1:30pm Parlier Unified and Online Meeting
March 16, 2018 12:00pm-3:00pm Central Unified and Online Meeting
April 13, 2018 11:00am- 3:00pm Fresno Doubletree and Online Meeting
May 8, 2018 TBA Section and State Executive Board Meeting

Upcoming Workshops / Events

Model SARB Application Workshop – San Joaquin Section 2017

Model SARB Application Workshop – San Joaquin Section 2017
Fresno County Office of Education


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What: San Joaquin Section’s Winter  Workshop

“Supporting Foster and Homeless Students and Alternative to Suspension”
Rose Garden Estate and Winery


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Anthony Brucia Success Awards – Scholarship

 Award Application 2017-18 (Coming February 1, 2018)

Cover letter to Counselor 2017-2018 

Cover letter to Student 2017-2018

In the 1990’s, the San Joaquin Section scholarship program was launched under the leadership of past CASCWA President, Joe Brucia. His 19 year old son, Anthony had just passed away. There were many community donations given toward a fund in his name. Knowing that most donated funds soon run out, Joe and his wife, Shirley, offered to transfer the funds to CASCWA. To accept the donation, CASCWA had to match and perpetuate the fund. CASCWA accepted and soon made the award an annual event that now reaches students attending high schools throughout Central California. As of May 2016, just over $100,000 has been provided to the winners of this award.

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2017-18 CASCWA San Joaquin Section Board Members


Brian Chandler

Ceres Unified School District

Past President

Brian Gonzales

Kings County Office of Education

Vice President and Scholarship Chair

Dr. Kevin Torosian

Central Unified School District


Maisie Young

Central Unified School District


Angelica Rios

Fresno Unified School District


Praxades Torres

Parlier Unified School District

Legislative Representative

Roxanne Baeza

Fresno Unified School District

Membership Chair and Webmaster

Sergio Mendoza

Porterville Unified School District

Northern Area Representative

Sharma Uma

Stanislaus County Office of Education

Northern Area Member at Large

Patricia Clark

Stockton Unified School District

Southern Area Representative

Stephanie Newby

Mojave Unified School District

Southern Area Member at Large

Robin Gainey

Mojave Unified School District

Board Advisor

James Tate

Clovis Unified School District

Board Advisor

Dr. Dennis Wiechmann

Sanger Unified School District

Board Advisor

Aprille Cervantes

Clovis Unified School District

Board Advisor

David Cohen

Clovis Unified School District

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