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Patricia is a career educator with a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She taught at Sweetwater Union High School District for over 25 years. During that time, she taught English, ELD, and AVID. Since 2006, she was a Categorical Resource Teacher at middle and high school levels as well as 5 years at the district office working with State & Federal Programs. In 2017, she accepted the position of Coordinator of State & Federal Programs at the San Diego County Office of Education. In this capacity, Patricia supports all LEAs in San Diego County in areas such as Federal Program Monitoring (FPM), Williams Act, School Plans, School Site Council, and all Federal Title Programs - this includes 43 districts and numerous charters.

At the County/State level, Patricia currently serves as the County lead for FPM, State & Federal Programs, and Williams Settlement Compliance. She attends CDE quarterly English Learner/Title III Specialists meetings and actively participates in the Bilingual Coordinator Network. She is integrally involved in many aspects of state-level policy and guidance for all learners.

Patricia Karlin


Joseph has 25+ year of educational leadership experience. During his tenure, Joseph held positions as a 5-8th

grade GATE teacher, Middle School Interventionist, Community Day Middle School Teacher, HS Alternative Math

Teacher, Track and Field Coach, TOSA, Vice Principal, Director, and a Dietician.

Before retiring, Joseph was a strong voice and advocate for children requiring alternative settings and educational approaches. He structured programs to include social emotional supports, differentiated instruction, varied assessment, and continuous feedback. Joseph’s philosophy has been to learn from the past, work in the present and strive for a better future. Now as a retired Educator, a husband and father, he shares his learning as a mentor to the local university. He volunteers his time to the church, community and the city.

Joseph Cipres


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Chad is a career educator serving as Chief Financial Officer for Julian Union School District. 

Chad Leptich