Dave Gordon, Superintendent, Sacramento County Office of Education
PanelistsJonathan Raymond, Superintendent, Sacramento City Unified School District
Nora Armenta, Executive Director of Early Care and Education, Los Angeles Unified School District
Nancy Lynch, Superintendent, Placerville Union Unified School District
Gloria Craine, Teacher, Ochoa Learning Center, Los Angeles Unified School District
Education leaders including Carl Cohn, California State Board of Education member; Dave Gordon, Superintendent of Sacramento County Office of Education and John Mockler, president of John Mockler and Associates, convene to discuss how transitional kindergarten gives California an exciting opportunity to support our children's love of learning and help ensure they are better prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.
The Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Summit is a forum for educators to share promising practices, strategies and resources for implementing transitional kindergarten in a high-quality and efficient way. Educators share learning on family outreach and engagement; curriculum; standards and assessment; and administration.
Nora Armenta began her career with LAUSD in 1973. She served as Bilingual Elementary Teacher, Title I/Bilingual Program Advisor in the south region of the District, and was later assigned as Principal at Park Avenue School in Cudahy, 95th Street School in South LA, Wilmington Park and Gulf Avenue School in the City of Wilmington.
Ms. Armenta worked at District Central Offices and Local District G as an Administrative Coordinator in the areas of instruction, intervention and assessment, and was appointed in June 2011 as Executive Director of Early Childhood Education Programs serving over 25,000 children from birth to age 5.
Gloria Craine has taught over 20 years in public education as a classroom teacher. She has spent most of her career teaching in the primary grades, kindergarten, first and up to third grade.
In addition she has worked as a Reading Intervention teacher (K-5) and as a Literacy Coach at a primary center. Currently Ms. Craine has been teaching the Transitional Kindergarten program for Dual Language Learners at Ellen Ochoa Learning Center and her classroom is visited often on Los Angeles Unified School District transitional kindergarten tours.
David W. Gordon is the Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools. As superintendent of the Elk Grove Unified School District, (1995-2004) he helped pioneer preschool programs and implemented an early intervention program for children at risk of failure. Mr. Gordon began his career teaching in a sixth grade special guidance class in the South Bronx, New York City, in 1968.
He also served the California Department of Education as Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Mr. Gordon currently serves on numerous boards and commissions, including the National Assessment Governing Board. He and his wife Deborah have two children and six grandchildren.
Nancy Lynch, an educator for 25 years, has served as Superintendent of the Placerville Union School District since February 2007. Her career includes 17 years as a teacher of grades one through four, assistant principal and principal in the Palm Springs Unified School District. Appointed principal at Two Bunch Palms Elementary School while still in its construction phase, Dr. Lynch led a committed staff responsible for increased student achievement of more than 200 API point growth in its first 5 years of operation.
In 2004 she was recruited to become principal of Hawthorne School in the Beverly Hills Unified School District, where she served for two years before being promoted to Director of K-12 Curriculum for the District. Ms. Lynch received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Minnesota State University, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from CSU, San Bernardino, and in 2004, a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne.
Jonathan P. Raymond was approved as Superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District on July 23, 2009 and l began serving a four-year contract on August, 21, 2009. Since 2006, Mr. Raymond has served as chief accountability officer at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina.
Before joining CMS, Mr. Raymond was president and chief executive officer at the nonprofit Commonwealth Corporation in Boston where he focused on innovative education and workforce development programs. Mr. Raymond has served as legislative counsel to the U.S. Trade and Development Agency in Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Rep. Tom Lewis and Senator Orrin G. Hatch.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Tufts University, a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a law degree from George Mason Law School. In addition, Mr. Raymond is a 2006 graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy and is a member of the Massachusetts and Florida bar associations.
Transitional kindergarten teacher Gloria Craine discusses concerns that TK will become a "dumping ground" for students who other teachers simply don't want. She explains that while she initially shared that fear, she's quickly realized that most students in her TK class greatly benefit from being there.