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Contact us:   CASCWA Southern Section, P.O. Box 4222, Orange, CA  92863-4222  (714) 966-4466 


CASCWA’s Southern Section President’s Message

Don English

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Office 


Dear Esteemed Members of the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance,

I trust this message finds you all in good health and spirits. As we navigate the challenges of ensuring quality education and well-being for our students, I am deeply honored to address the dedicated members of the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance.

Our shared commitment to the success and holistic development of each student underlines the importance of fostering a positive school climate. It is with this commitment in mind that I urge us to reconsider our approach to discipline and chronic absenteeism. While addressing behavioral issues and absenteeism is essential, let us explore innovative alternatives that align with our dedication to inclusivity, equity, and student growth.

In our pursuit of educational excellence, it is crucial to recognize that disciplinary actions can have profound effects on a student's emotional well-being and academic journey. The path to behavior correction should be paved with compassion and understanding, promoting a sense of accountability rather than fostering disengagement. Restorative justice practices have proven to be effective in creating meaningful dialogue, repairing relationships, and encouraging responsible behavior among students. Let us work collectively to incorporate these principles into our schools, nurturing environments where students thrive both academically and emotionally.

Chronic absenteeism remains a persistent challenge that affects the educational trajectories of many students. Recognizing that various factors contribute to absenteeism, I encourage us to adopt a multi-faceted approach. Let us invest in early intervention strategies that address the root causes of absenteeism, collaborating closely with families and communities. By establishing a strong support network, we can create tailored solutions that motivate students to attend school consistently.

As we contemplate these alternative means of discipline and absenteeism intervention, let us remain dedicated to our core mission of fostering an inclusive, supportive, and nurturing educational environment. Our collective efforts have the potential to transform the lives of countless students, empowering them to embrace their education and futures with renewed enthusiasm.

I invite each one of you to share your insights, experiences, and ideas as we embark on this journey of reimagining discipline and addressing absenteeism. Your active participation and contributions are the bedrock of our association's strength. The importance of your membership cannot be overstated, as it signifies a commitment to the advancement of education and the well-being of our students.

Thank you for your unwavering dedication to the well-being of California's students. I look forward to our continued collaboration and the positive change that we can bring forth.

Warm regards,

Don English,

President, CASCWA Southern Section

Don English's Brief Bio:

Don English is a twenty-eight-year educator who has served in various capacities with the San Bernardino County Office of Education, including Executive Director, Director, Program Manager, Principal, Lead Teacher, Teacher, Grant Administrator and Grant Writer. Don is a School Board Trustee. He has spent his entire career working with At-Promise students. Don has chaired numerous WASC teams and has been instrumental in schools utilizing the reflective process of self-study. He provides supervisors of attendance certification trainings, mandated by education code 48240, throughout the state of California. Don has written and administered grants in excess of 2 million dollars.

Don has been recognized as the NAACP Teacher of the year, San Bernardino County Teacher of the year for Alternative and Special Education, Association of California School Administrators Education Options Administrator of the year and the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance, Outstanding Service Award recipient.

Don holds a master’s degree in educational administration from California State University, San Bernardino. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California. He holds a multiple subject teaching credential, and administrative services credential.

Southern February 9th Workshop - In Person and Zoom

On Friday, February 9, 2024!  CASCWA's Southern Section hosted their next Phil Kauble Workshop titled: Preparing for and working through! "Incident Response." The workshop was comprehensive and enlightening.  Below, you will find a brief workshop follow-up that includes information on the presenters and several pictorial memories!

The presenters have provided their power points and additional information to share.  This workshop fully covered an important compliance issue for all schools in California.  We are indebted to Tom Steele, Andrew Flores, Tim Walker and Gary Mc Guire for their excellent presentations.  Click Below for Workshop Material:

 CASCWA Southern Section February 9th Workshop Follow uo.pdf

Combined Presentations Phil Kauble Topical Forum 2024.2.5.24.pptx  

22-23 SSS Publications Request.xlsx

notes CASCWA CSSP and Incident Response for PowerPoint.pdf


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UPDATE: Southern Section 2024 Scholarship Information & Application Form

A special "Thank you" to Angela Allen Hess for putting together the 2025 Southern Section Scholarship Program.  If you are in the CASCWA Southern Section and know of a student who has turned it around and will be going to college, please honor that student and submit a scholarship application on their behalf!   See flyer below:

Southern Section Scholarship Information 2-9-24.pdf

CASCWA Scholarship 2024 11.17.24.pdf

Southern Section Events

Southern Section’s Annual Fall Workshop


The goal of this workshop was to help you perform your every day interactions and be on top of the important issues!

It was held on October 25th at the Double Tree Hotel in Buena Park

Click below for the speaker information! 

CASCWA Southern Section Workshop October 25th Speaker Information.pdf

Supporting the Southern Section - Your Membership in CASCWA

We hope you find an interest to join the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare & Attendance. The Southern Section serves Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. We look forward to having you as a collaborating member!  Joining as a paying member will give you access to these benefits:

   ● Available Experts in Child Welfare & Attendance

   ● Up-to-Date Information on current issues, trends and findings

   ● Collaboration throughout California for all district & county staff with CWA/Student Services Administrators 

   ● In-person and Virtual Workshops available throughout the year

   ● Annual State Conference with a plethora of resources for you to be at your best 

   ● Receive ongoing legislative updates related to CWA/Student Services issues

   ● Helping at-risk students celebrate their accomplishments from adversity

$75 Annually / Retirees & Students $20    

For information:  Email Aurora Mendoza Perry at 

CASCWA's Southern Section would like to thank Aurora Mendoza Perry. She was instrumental with the Legislative Update conducted by the Los Angeles County Office of Education.  She spoke about CASCWA at the end of her power point and 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's Annual

2022 Fall Workshop

at Knott's Berry Farm Hotel in Buena Park, CA

The Southern Section holds a Fall Workshop at the Knott Berry Farm Hotel every October.  We have informative presenters that usually exceed all expectations.  We have put together a recap of last year's Fall Workshop for all attendees to enjoy!  Click below to access the powerpoint, and watch for information to be shared in the fall for this year's Fall Workshop!

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:

Southern Section's Executive Board

Don English



San Bernardino CSS

Vicente Bravo

Past President

Assistant Superintendent

Da Vinci Schools

Leslie Hansen

President Elect

Director of Pupil Services

Anaheim Elementary SD

Michelle Sapanara

Vice President

Springs Charter School

Aurora M. Perry


Coordinator of Student Services (retired)

Beaumont USD

Luis Brown

Imperial County Representative

Student Services Manager

Imperial COE

Hortencia Armendariz

Imperial County Representative

Trustee Imperial Community College District Board - Area 1

Gary McGuire


Director of Pupil Services (retired)

Riverside USD

Jason Ferrell


Pupil Personnel Services Specialist

Anaheim Elementary SD

Melissa Schoonmaker, LCSW

Los Angeles Representative

Project Manager III

Child Welfare & Attendance

Los Angeles COE

Jenee Peevy

San Diego Representative

Coordinator, Student Services, San Diego COE

Sherman Garnett

Legislative Chair

Board Member

Upland USD Board of Ed

Gerald Hime

Conference Chairman

Los Angeles COE (retired)

Jenifer Mendel

Board Advisor  

Dropout Prevention Specialist (retired)

Grossmont USD

Dr. Benjamin Wardrop

Board Advisor

Director of Student Services

Beverly Hills USD

Bonnie Boone

Registrations & Website 

Administrative Assistant

Orange County Dept. of Education

Jennifer Gomeztrejo

State SARB Representative

Student Support Services Solutions

Amir Alavi

Member at Large

Erik Elorriaga

Regional Account Manager

School Innovations & Achievement

Phil Kauble

Honorary Member at Large

Director (retired)

Student Support Services

Los Angeles COE

Tim Catlin

Member at Large

Supervisor, CWA

ABC Unified SD

Angela Allen-Hess

Member at Large

Coordinator, CWA

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 

Board Member at Large 

Riverside COE (retired) 

 Monique Yessian

Board Member at Large  

Director, Student Services

Tustin USD

Violet Gutierez

Board Member at Large

Director, Human Resources

San Bernardino CSS


Click below for the link to the publication:

2023 California Laws Relating to Minors

For more information, please contact:


Maria Hwang de Bravo

Student Support Services Solutions, Inc.

(310) 753-2380

Sherman Garnett & Associates

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