Teacher Talk Profiles

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Teacher Talk is a series of profiles on California teachers and other educators.

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Retired, again: Cecilia Estrada, retired 2003, San Diego Unified School District
Former administrator enjoyed 16 years with philanthropy.

Cecilia Estrada smiles and sits outside with greenery in the background.

Cecilia Estrada began her career in 1966 and tried to retire 37 years later. After a quick break, she ended up working for Price Philanthropies in San Diego. Until December, she was still working with students, from preschool to high school—as director of a learning center. Now she’s retired for the second time. Read her original profile here.

“I’m not going to say that if something comes up that I won’t work again. I love what I do, but retirement is new. I do love to work,” Estrada said.

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Josh Fernandez, Folsom Lake College, Mule Creek State Prison
Professor works with prisoners, formerly incarcerated students

Community college professor Josh Fernandez is wearing a hat, glasses, hoodie and a shirt that says community college.

Community college professor Josh Fernandez didn’t take a direct path to teaching, nor was it originally his calling. It took finding someone who believed in him while he was in college and a whole other career in journalism before he became a professor. Now, he works to help prisoners and formerly incarcerated students, as well as his community.

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Cecilia Estrada, retired 2003, San Diego Unified School District
Former administrator just couldn’t quit working. She developed parent education workshops, now runs learning center.

Cecilia Estrada sits with a laptop and colorful learning materials for children.

Former teacher and administrator Cecilia Estrada began her career in 1966 and tried to retire 37 years later. After a quick break, she ended up working for Price Philanthropies in San Diego. Now she’s working with students again—from pre-school to high school—as director of a learning center.

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Margaret Hicks, Oak Tree Community Day School
Teacher focuses on building relationships with students

Teacher Margaret Hicks wears a blue sweater and white shirt and smiles.

Margaret Hicks builds connections with her fifth and sixth grade students, challenging the traditional model of discipline in her work at Oak Tree Community Day School in Palmdale.

“Our students generally come to us for behavioral referrals. Sometimes students are placed there due to expulsion. Our class size is generally small, so we can help build those skills that students are lacking at bigger campuses, where there are classes of more than 30 students,” Hicks said.