Director's Message

Susie Passeggi (Director)

Fall is in the air, and with the change of the season come changes here at Castro Valley Adult & Career Education.

We say congratulations, goodbye and thank you to Assistant Principal Dustin Gacherieu, school secretary, Ella Lowrey, and evening custodian Alan Maxon. Dustin is moving on to serve as Principal of Jensen Ranch Elementary. His contributions have been tremendous over the past two years. He not only expanded our programs, but he also brought wonderful energy and enthusiasm to our school with his leadership. Ella Lowrey, our esteemed School Secretary, retired in July after 29 years of service to CVUSD and 25 years of dedication to CVACE. Alan Maxon, our supportive evening custodian, retired after 38 years. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors and retirements.

Congratulations to Sharon Travers, current college and career specialist and Adult Secondary Education instructor, who is our new Adult Education Coordinator (in place of the Assistant Principal postition). An excellent communicator, "big picture" strategic thinker, collaborative, and passionate about adult education, Sharon will be a great asset to CVACE in this new capacity. Congratulations as well to Leticia Hernandez, whose considerable administrative support and technical skills at CVACE will be invaluable in her new role as School Secretary.

CVACE staff is very involved in the work of the Mid-Alameda County Adult Education Consortium. Our Consortium is part of a state-wide collaborative effort between regional adult schools and community colleges to address gaps in adult education services, and align curriculum and instruction with the community colleges to ensure a seamless transition
for students attending college. We are excited about the work and planning being done to better meet the educational needs of adult learners in our communities.

This fall is a critical time for the future of adult education. On January 10, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown will propose a state budget for fiscal year 2015-16. It is vitally important to send a message to our legislators about the need for dedicated K-12 Adult Education funding to be included in the Governor's budget starting in 2015-16. Without dedicated K-12 funding, the essential services of adult education will be severely threatened. Contact your legislator today at

Parents, I hope to see you at Parent University on October 11. See the Parent University page for the lineup of stimulating and helpful workshops to help you support your child in school with the new Common Core and through their growing up years.


Susie Passeggi, Director