Mary Gonzales-Gomez has been appointed to the Kings County Board of Education to represent District 2. Her district covers Corcoran, Avenal and Kettleman City.
Gonzales-Gomez recently announced her resignation from the board of trustees of the Corcoran Unified School District to accept the new position. The school district is currently in the process of seeking a replacement.
“As difficult as it was for me to come to the decision to resign my seat from CUSD as a board member, I believed that my 40 years of extensive experience working with schools, parent and community trained me in the importance of building strong relationships between the three,” said Gonzales-Gomez.
The longtime Corcoran resident attended local schools before moving with her husband and family to Tracy. While there, she obtained her associate degree in social science and her bachelor’s degree from University of the Pacific in sociology.
She worked as a secondary school advisor for migrant education and for the San Joaquin County Mental Health Services before moving back to Corcoran. She accepted a position at the Santa Rosa Rancheria and then came to work for the local school district as crisis intervention specialist and Healthy Start Coordinator for 12 years. She served on the local school board for five years, resigning her position on the hospital board to accept the local appointment. She has served on the hospital board for 14 years.
In her application letter to the Kings County Board of Education, Gonzales-Gomez noted that she understands the need to engage parents and the community in the solution to helping students to reach their full potential.
“I believe that a well-informed board is an empowered board and I understand the importance of diverse leadership working together toward mutual goals,” she said.
Gonzales-Gomez replaces Joe Hammond of Corcoran on the board. Hammond held the position for several years.