Lance Gunnersen knows he’s teaching his students skills they can
use straight out of high school and beyond. As a trades and
industry instructor at El Dorado High School in Placerville, he
teaches everything from woodworking technology to engineering and
design for grades 9 through 12. He also spends a fair
amount of his time as an advocate of career and technical
Author, musician, educator—John Carratello is a person of many
talents. Along with his wife, Patricia—a former Riverside County
Teacher of the Year—he’s published over 100 educational products,
including classroom instructional materials, seminars and support
materials for interactive educational software. In 2016, he
retired from teaching elementary school after 30 years.
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.
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.
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.