Ex-Merced teacher to join state panel

Will help assess ed credentialing

Published: Monday, Jul. 22, 2013 - 3:17 am

A former teacher and school administrator in the Merced and Atwater areas has been named to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Mary Jones, 61, of Merced is the interim deputy superintendent for the Denair Unified School District through January. Her appointment to the commission requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation.

Jones was an assistant principal for two years at Merced's Tenaya Middle School and worked for the Atwater Elementary School District from 1984-93, as a teacher of gifted students at Elmer Wood and Thomas Olaeta schools.

She also taught English-language development at Bellevue and Mitchell Senior Elementary schools and was a district language development specialist.

The 15-member commission, which meets bimonthly, ponders revoking teachers or administrators' credentials. It is part of the commission's mandate to support quality teaching of the state's public school students.

"Ensuring all students have an equal chance for academic success has long been my mission, and I hope to be able to carry that out on a statewide level," Jones said.

Jones has been an instructor at Brandman University since 2009 and served as an assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent with the Ceres Unified School District for 16 years.

She also has performed leadership duties with the Association of California School Administrators. She has a doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco and a master's degree in educational administration from California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock.

Reporter Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or dyawger@mercedsunstar.com.

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