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 Bay Section President

Celeste Pracale

Hayward USD

Dear CASCWA Members and Partners,

On behalf of the Bay Section CASCWA team, we would like to wish all of our CASCWA partners and California Educators a very Happy New Year! I’d like to welcome our new Bay Section Members At Large: Stacey Bamford from Fremont Unified School District; and Jennifer Clark from Pittsburg Unified School District! And a huge welcome back to Dishawn Givens from Hayward Unified School District! The Bay Section team has been busy looking for an awesome location for the 2024 State Conference. We have narrowed down our options and will be announcing the date and location soon…stay tuned!! We are also looking forward to holding an in-person workshop in the Spring, our first in-person event since 2019!

Stay hopeful and healthy everyone!

Celeste Pracale


The Bay Section recognizes and acknowledges our executive board team member, Ligia Briceño! Ligia has been part of the Bay Section CASCWA team since 2017, and currently holds the position of Board Secretary. Her commitment and contribution have been vital to the Bay Section’s events over the years.

Ligia has been in the education field for over 10 years in different roles. She has worked for Hayward Unified School District as an After School Program Coordinator, Child Welfare & Attendance Worker, and just started her new position as a High School Counselor! One of Ligia’s passions as an educator is giving back to her community; and she is doing just that as a Counselor at the same high school she graduated from! She is currently finishing up her Master's in Education, School Counseling program at San Jose State University, and expects to graduate in Spring 2023. Ligia decided to become a Counselor because she believes in being a part of her students’ support system, making a difference in their lives, and showing them that she will not give up on them.

We asked Ligia what she enjoys about being on the Bay Section Board team, Ligia answered: “What I enjoy about our Bay Section Team is that we are a small but mighty group. We are all passionate people who strive to serve our communities. We all work well together, and we also hold a beautiful friendship.” I couldn’t agree more!

We are also super excited for Ligia and her husband, as they will be welcoming their first child together in January 2023! The Bay Section team celebrates and appreciates Ligia!

The future of the Bay Section is in good hands with contributors and leaders like Ligia Briceno.


 This was a "Free Virtual Event" via ZOOM held on March 11, 2022

There has never been a time in our society when our school systems have been so important to our communities.  Whether we want it or not, all the issues in society eventually find away into our schools.  Our CASCWA’s Bay Section delivered a truly enlightening workshop on March 11th that provided specific factual information on homelessness and immigrant families.  The more we know, the better we can do our jobs!  “Thank you” to Evelyn Ocasio and to all the members of our Bay Section Executive Board for making this workshop a reality.

Below you will find the flyer for the workshop with the names of the presenters and a description of their presentations. You will also find the two power point presentations. The Bay Section is currently working on placing a video of the workshop on our website.  If we can do so, we will send out an update!

CASCWA Bay Section Workshop Flyer 3-11-22.pdf