As we begin the 2019-2020 school year, the Cotsen Foundation would like to recognize the exemplary alumni teachers who retired this past year. These consummate professionals have spent the last few decades refining their craft in an effort to open up the world of learning and exploration for the children in their classrooms and school sites. We thank them for their service and dedication.
Julie Gautreau(Alumni fellow ’05) After 21 years of teaching and six years in an administrative position (Coordinator of Assessment & Technology) at the Cypress School District office, Julie retired this past year. She is hoping to travel extensively and enjoy her family and friends!
Louanne Myers(Alumni fellow ’12) After 35 years of teaching at San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School in the San Lorenzo Unified School District, Louanne retired this past year. Louanne looks forward to traveling during the off-season (October, February), skiing mid-week and working part-time as a math coach in her district. She plans to continue to work with the Monterey Bay Area Math Project too when she’s not traveling.
Jo Ann Silliker(Alumni fellow ’11) After 33 years of teaching at Vejar Elementary School in the Pomona Unified School District, Jo Ann retired this past year. Jo Ann is excited to spend time with her grandchildren and looks forward to traveling.
Janice Wright(Alumni fellow ’07) After 32 years of teaching at Arnold Elementary School in the Cypress School District, Janice retired as this past year. She will spend her time traveling, visiting family and friends around the US and plans to do a lot more.
Carol Gutierrez(Alumni mentor ’19) After 19 years of teaching at Gallatin Elementary School in the Downey Unified School District, Carol retired this past year. Carol is excited to enjoy time with her four grandchildren and participate in the UCLA math project part time. Alumni fellow
Rebecca Urias(Alumni Fellow ‘07) After 30 years of teaching, at Santa Monica High School and Will Rogers Learning Community, Rebecca retired this past year. Rebecca and her husband will be moving to a beautiful new home in South Eastern Arizona where they plan on hiking, bird watching, enjoying the spectacular sunsets, and visiting family and friends.