Several teachers retire in Exeter

Chuck Delap retired from Exeter Public Schools in July 2005 after 14 years of administrative service, first joining the district as the assistant principal of Wilson Middle School.

Chuck distinguished himself in that role and then as the first principal of Rocky Hill School which was selected a California Distinguished School during his tenure. He then took on the challenge of district level leadership, ending his exceptional career as the Director of Technology/ Student Achievement and State/Federal Programs. He has wide experience at the site and district levels of public education. Prior to his joining Exeter Public Schools, he spent 16 years with Visalia Unified School District as a classroom teacher.

In each of his administrative roles, Chuck served with distinction. As a site administrator, he was responsible for every aspect of the school experience. Working with staff to improve student performance is one of his many strengths. Chuck is a hands-on administrator who values the opportunities to be in classrooms as an evaluator supervisor, and mentor. His mission is to strengthen teaching to improve learning.

He led his team of teachers in the development of a standards-based instructional program and reporting system; pacing guides and benchmark assessments. Children, though, were always first for Chuck. He distinguished himself through his responsiveness to student and parent concerns being highly visible on campus and through his role in the community as a member of the Boys and Girls Club advisory committee. Chuck is first and foremost a child and family advocate.

At the district level, Chuck was invaluable as the Director of Technology and Student Achievement. Through his leadership, both the high school and elementary districts have been able to access and utilize multiple data sources to better inform staff about the instructional program and its impact on student achievement. As Director of State and Federal Programs, Chuck kept the districts legal, always cognizant of the impact compliance had on the quality of the educational experience.

Chuck is a colleague and a friend to many. He has been greatly missed this year but his influence continues to shape the district's achievements.

- Diane Graziani-Orton,

Deputy-Superintendent

Bessie Easley

It is our pleasure to recognize Bessie Easley, a 30-year employee of the Exeter Union School District. Bessie began her full time service to the district and the children of this community in September 1976. She had previously substituted as a yard duty supervisor at Wilson Middle School before beginning her time with the food service department.

Bessie has always been a hard worker who has taken pride in providing nutritious meals to students at our three elementary schools and two high schools. She has been described by her supervisors and colleagues as being highly knowledgeable&#8220 in the area of food preparation and service.

Bessie has always demonstrated a strong work ethic with regards to being on time and at her work assignment each day, knowing that students and her fellow workers depend on her.

During the 30 years that Bessie has worked for Exeter schools, she has seen her own children grow up and pass through the Exeter Public School system, along with some of her grandchildren. Bessie is looking forward to retirement and having the opportunity to travel and spend more time with family and friends. she especially looks forward to traveling to Oklahoma to spend time with her grandchildren at a time when she won't have to feel the constraints of getting back in time for the start of school. We wish Bessie many years of fun and relaxation, both of which she richly deserves.

- Sandi Totty, Administrative Assistant,

District Office

Clyde Scott

We are honored to recognize Wilson Middle School retiree Clyde Scott for his more than 30 years of distinguished service for Exeter Public Schools. Clyde has lived a rich and varied life and has enriched the lives of countless students and citizens of Exeter, through his teaching and community service.

Clyde began his college education at Brigham Young University, on a track scholarship. His education was interrupted when he was drafted into military service where he earned several Air Medals for heroic duty. Clyde finished his education and began his career in education at Los Gatos Continuation High School, working with mentally handicapped and regular education students. Clyde was selected from a field of over 170 applicants for a position at Wilson Middle School, and has been a proud Exeter Public School employee ever since.

During his many years with Exeter Public Schools, Clyde has taught a variety of subjects ranging from woodshop (his first love) to drafting, art, crafts, math, social studies, as well as study hall and reading. Clyde has spent his entire Exeter Public Schools career at Wilson Middle School, working with the students, staff, parents and community.

Clyde has a proven track record of success with at-risk students. He has been able to reach students that most everyone thought were unreachable. Clyde has developed an appreciation for kids who have a difficult time in school, at home, or in life. His own life experiences have taught him to look beneath the surface and see the qualities of the person underneath.

Clyde's work with students doesn't stop at the school door. He has volunteered many hours coaching and working with students in community outreach. His presence on the Wilson campus will be greatly missed.

- Tim Perrotta, Vice-principal, Wilson Middle School

Doyce Lovell

Doyce Lovell began his teaching career at Exeter Union High School 30 years ago. During that time, Doyce focused his energies as a teacher of industrial technology courses and math. He also served as the department chair for the Industrial Technology Department and as football coach.

When you entered Doyce's room you saw a learning environment that not only connected students to the curriculum, but also allowed students to apply their learning. During the 83-minute period, students had the opportunity to create, utilize math skills, and develop a product that not only meets technical requirements, but also is representative of what students had learned during the process. Mr. Lovell provided an atmosphere that created a climate of trust that developed accountability.

All students were provided access not only to the curriculum, but also to the teacher and the person. Doyce was always very interested in what students were doing beyond the classroom. He was sought out as a teacher, friend, and confidant. It was quite common for students to ask about Doyce and visit him after they left Exeter Union High School. All of the industrial technology classes that Mr. Lovell taught have articulation agreements with the College of the Sequoias, thus providing students with a &#8220leg up” when they attend the construction certificate program at COS.

His curriculum was aligned with industry standards, allowing students to smoothly transition from high school to community college or a four-year college program. Students coming out of his classes were ready for an entry level position when they exit high school.

Doyce's standing in the community is one of respect and trust. He is a teacher leader who is asked for advice, and was often the voice of reason during difficult times. His moral standards are impeccable. He is the consummate professional who can be counted on to step forward in support of schoolwide needs.

Doyce is proud of his family which includes wife Kathy, his children, Justin and Chelsea, and he is most proud of his one granddaughter. We are pleased to see Doyce when he comes on campus to substitute for Mr. Simpson. It is an honor to recognize Doyce on his retirement. He is a teacher/leader who will be greatly missed.

- Don Brinkman, Principal,

Exeter Union High School

Judy Isaak

Wilson Middle School is pleased to honor and recognize retiree, Judy Isaak, for her 34 years of service and dedication to her chosen profession. Judy taught math in Guam for three years before she began her teaching career in Exeter and has taught math at Wilson Middle School exclusively.

Judy is a person who absolutely loves math and loves to teach math. Judy has been instrumental in the development of numerous Exeter adolescents as they strive to grasp the abstract math standards they first encounter in her class. Mrs. Isaak infuses her lessons with spirit, humor, and humanity. Students learn that not only are math skills important, useful, and within their reach but also fun and rewarding.

When Judy began at Wilson Middle School, her goal was to become an indispensable part of the learning community. She accepted many additional duties, including coaching cheerleading and sponsoring many successful Math Bowl Teams. Judy has held several vital roles in the EETA Union, such as president, site representative, and member of the negotiation team. She is a person who is concerned about fairness and equity for all individuals.

Judy has two wonderful children and is the proud grandmother of three grandchildren, the oldest of whom will graduate from high school this year. Her daughter Leah has completed her college experience at Westmont and will be graduating this May. After June 4, Judy will no longer need to make the 58-mile commute daily from Dinuba where she lives with husband Joel. Rather, Judy looks forward to spending many relaxing hours quilting and enjoying her loving family.

- Tim Perrotta, Vice-principal, Wilson Middle School

Mike Valle

Mike Valle celebrated his 32nd anniversary with Exeter Public Schools in December of 2005. And he is looking forward to retirement.

Mike is a 1968 Exeter High Graduate who came back to the school after Uncle Sam said he needed to do a couple of years in the U.S. Army. Mike thought that Exeter was a much better address to have than his Army post in southeast Asia.

His job at EUHS has always been the farm foreman. In this position, Mike has worked closely with, and trained, 22 agriculture teachers and 17 student teachers. He has worked with community members and local businesses to keep the farm running and student projects healthy and happy. Mike has gone as far as coaching FFA, judging teams and helping out with banquets and BBQ's, often putting the time in to making a pot of his famous beans. Mike spent many hours outside of the regular work day to ensure the successes of the students and the farm.

Mike is the father of four kids; Chris, Melanie, Robert and Hope as well as four grandchildren. He and his wife, Robin, look forward to retirement and more frequent motor home trips to the coast and to the mountains, where Mike has been known to spend time hunting and fishing. Mike says that his honey-do list around their Elderwood home is already a page and a half, so retirement will not mean any free time for him in the immediate future.

We thank Mike Valle for all that he has given to the Exeter Union High School District and wish him the best of health and happiness in his well-deserved retirement.

- Dan Crookham, Ag Teacher, EUHS

Patty Hilton

I find this retirement message incredibly difficult to write. It's not because what will be written is not deserving or true, it is because of the great loss Rocky Hill School staff, parents, and students will experience due to the retirement of Patty Hylton.

For more than 20 years, Patty has been an integral part of the Exeter Union School District learning community. Although most of her time has been spent imparting knowledge to third and fourth grade students, she has also shared her expertise with staff, parents, and future teachers. As stated by one of her co-workers, &#8220Patty has been an influential educator in our community and is well respected by her colleagues.”

Patty is a &#8220Jane of all trades.” She is a wife, mother of two children (now adults), exemplary teacher, master teacher, nutrition educator, hiking enthusiast, and extreme builder of homes. Most of all, she is a champion for children. She uses every strategy and tool available to ensure that students learn. First thing each morning to prepare her students for a strenuous day of learning, Patty leads them in a vigorous round of calisthenics.

They dance, jump, sing, and march to lively music. The day then continues with equal enthusiasm as teacher and students move from one learning opportunity to the next.

We will miss her smile filled with sunshine; the touch of common sense she brings to discussions; the sincere effort she puts forth into teaching and helping children; and the depiction of her travels to faraway places. Patty will be missed. We wish her well and great success in her retirement and future endeavors.

Patty was my first master teacher, she adopted one of my dog's puppies, she is my friend and I will miss her.

- Jessica Bradshaw, Principal, Rocky Hill Elementary

Rudy Gamboa

&#8220Our Rudy, Our Hero

I expect to pass through this world but once.

Any good therefore I can do,

or any kindness or abilities

that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now.

Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

- William Penn

Rudy Gamboa husband, father, grandfather, accomplished craftsman and &#8220man-of-all-trades”, colleague, friend, Vietnam War veteran, and HERO. We honor you. We have known you as a man of your word. You have proven over and over, in a quiet and humble manner, that you can turn a chaotic situation into an island of calm. You have always anticipated the needs of your school campus and taken care of business before being asked. You have been a dedicated employee and colleague who has demonstrated pride in his work and been a role model for our educational community.

Rudy, we thank you.

Your spirit has not only touched your friends. Thousands of students have benefitted from your dedication, a kind word, or a well-placed &#8220helping Rudy” chore. You have shown courage in the face of adversity and presented a life lesson that our students will not soon forget. You would be the first to admit that your life hasn't exactly gone the way you planned, but you are dealing with the consequences in a courageous and admirable way.

Rudy, we respect you.

We thank you for sharing your heart and your abilities with us. Your kindness and service will be missed; everything from walking into a warm classroom first thing in the morning; to hauling, carting, building and fixing. We always knew that you could do whatever needed doing, when it needed doing, and it would be done efficiently every time.

Rudy, we honor you.

As you enter this new season in your life, know that your spirit will always be visible. Your hard work has not gone unnoticed, and your friends will never forget all you have meant to us.

Rudy, you are our hero.

- Marty Karjala, Teacher, Rocky Hill Elementary

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