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Contact us:   CASCWA Southern Section, P.O. Box 4222, Orange, CA  92863-4222  (714) 327-1075 


Greetings and Happy Holidays CASCWA Members and Friends,

As we come of this holiday season, giving thanks is the first thing that comes to mind because I am reminded of all the amazing things that all of you do for the well-being of all those students, and staff, that we serve.  We know that the holidays may not always be a time of joy and happiness for some of our kids because of some of the many challenges they face, from housing instability, to hunger, and more.  This is why I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for putting up with the challenges you face as well in doing your job, a job that could mean the world to those students whose lives you affect every day.

Recently, we had our Fall Conference at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel.  It showcased the wealth of information that lives and breathes in the Southern Section.  Frank sent out a wonderfully detailed summary of the information presented.  From the dangers of Fentanyl to the positive results of the “Under Cover Bully Team” and very organized and informative Toolkits from the Los Angeles County Office of Education regarding dealing with drug overdoses and independent study, everyone walked away that afternoon equipped with ready to use strategies at their schools, districts, and counties.

Currently we are putting the final touches on The Phil Kauble Topical Forum which is scheduled to take place on Friday, February 3, 2023 at The Proud Bird Events Center near LAX.  It will be a morning half-day workshop on the implementation of AB 2578, the recently approved legislation focused on the use of research/evidence based Restorative Practices for more than just discipline.  This forum will provide an avenue by which CASCWA will proactively work to provide the CDE viable input toward the information to be used by schools and districts in their ongoing implementation of Restorative Practices.  If you haven’t already received information about this forum, please visit the CASCWA Southern Section website for more information and the registration form. 

With the 2021-22 school year well under way, I would like to welcome you all back as we undertake the challenges that our current situation still holds for us in the wide, wide world of education.  As such, I wanted to take this time to focus on some of the “silver linings” and highlights that CASCWA Southern Section had and is continuing to promote.

First of all, I am very fortunate to take the reins as President this year after Rick Riegel did an amazing job working with our Board to produce a wonderfully successful virtual state conference using all the best tools available.  Moving forward, we are already finalizing plans for our Fall Workshop, to be held on Friday, November 5th, to bring you helpful insight and practical strategies for our school site colleagues to use with all our students.  The workshop, “Maximizing Learning Opportunities Through a Focus on SEL” will feature experts in our field and the voices of our students as they share their perspectives and viewpoints. Save the date and keep an eye out for more information in the next edition of The Intercom!

Second, in these trying times we have been given the opportunity to demonstrate the value and importance of the work we do like never before.  From deciphering the new Independent Study Program to addressing the social emotional needs of our returning students, all of you have a pivotal role in supporting the academic success of our students.  Our work with foster, homeless, adjudicated, military and other students who face daily challenges in the pursuit of their education, has never been more needed.  The collective skills and experience that you all bring to your work day in and day out will be a key part of the formula on the road to a new level of normalcy for our students.

Lastly, I wanted to share that despite everything that has happened and is continuing to develop around us, in our communities and around the world, I have been re-energized and infused with great hope as I’ve watched our students forge onward despite all that they have had to face.  Resilience.  Now more than ever, this key trait is one that is shining brightly with many of our students and staff making the best of a situation that continues to pose new and evolving challenges.  But, thanks to the resilience being demonstrated every day by all of you too, I see a huge “silver lining” enveloping and protecting our students everywhere.

Be well and be safe,

Vicente Bravo

President, CASCWA Southern Section

Da Vinci Schools (Wiseburn USD)

Chief Administrative Officer/Assistant Superintendent – Operations, Equity & Compliance



Southern Section Events

Southern Section's Free Forum

FREE!   Phil Kauble Topical Virtual Forum March 30th 9:00-12:00 Noon

Focus on Improving School Attendance

Forum Title: Addressing Chronic Absenteeism Through a Restorative Lens:

Best Practices for Improving Attendance Outcomes and Moving Out of Differentiated Assistance.

Click here for Forum's Flyer: 

Click Here to Register: 

Way to go Aurora!

A special Southern Section "Thank you" to Aurora Mendoza Perry.  On December 9th, the Los Angeles County Office of Education conducted their annual "Legislative Update."  At the end of the update, Aurora spoke about her power point on "Why all of the educators in attendance should be a member of CASCWA!"  While we do not have a recording of her words to share with you, we do have her power point.  Please click below:

CASCWA Membership Pitch LACOE 12.9.2022 2022-2023.pptx


Southern Section held their fall workshop at the Knott Berry Farm Hotel on October 14th.  The presenters exceeded all expectations!  We have put together a workshop follow-up for all attendees to enjoy!   Southern Section's next workshop will be in February 2023.  Click below to access the workshop follow-up:

CASCWA Southern Section 10-14-22 Workshop Follow Up.pdf

Thank you School Innovations & Achievement for being a sponsor of our fall workshop!  Please visit their website at:

Thank you Knowledge Saves Lives for being a sponsor of our fall workshop!  Please visit their website at:


The faces behind CASCWA's

Southern Section Executive Board

Vicente Bravo

President Elect

Da Vinci Schools

Don English

President Elect

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

Rick Riegel

Southern Past President

Placentia Yorba Linda USD, Retired

Leslie Hansen

Vice President

Anaheim Elementary SD

Michelle Walsh


Irvine USD

Barbara Higgins

San Diego County Representative

San Diego COE

Hortencia Armendriz

Imperial County Representative

Calexico USD, Retired

Gary McGuire


Riverside USD, Retired

Jason Ferrell


Anaheim Elementary SD


Melissa Schoonmaker

LACOE Representative

Los Angeles COE

Jenee Peevy

San Diego County Representative

San Diego COE

Sherman Garnett

Legislative Chair

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, retired

Gerald Hime

Conference Chairman

Los Angeles COE, Retired

Aurora M. Perry

Member at Large

Beaumont USD, Retired

Ilsa Garza-Gonzales

Board Advisor

Fallbrook Union High SD

Bonnie Boone

Registrations & Website 

Orange County Dept. of Education

Jennifer Gomeztrejo

State SARB Representative

Student Support Services Solutions


Amir Avali

Southern School Attendance

Riverside COE

Erik Elorriaga

School Innovation & Achievement

Regional Account Manager

Phil Kauble

Honorary Member at Large

Los Angeles COE, Retired

Tim Catlin

Member at Large

ABC Unified SD

Angela Allen-Hess

Member at Large

Newport Mesa Unified SD

Jessie Cherri

Member at Large

Orange USD, Retired

Maria Hwang De Bravo

Member at Large

Student Support Services Solutions

Betty Folsom 

Member at Large 

Riverside COE, Retired 

Hunter Taylor

District Attorney Rep.

Riverside County District Attorney's Office

 Monique Yessian

Member at Large  

Tustin USD

Monique Yessian

Member at Large  

Tustin USD

Jenifer Mendel

Board Advisor  

Grossmont USD

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