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Andrea D. Nicolas-Alvillar

Andrea D. Nicolas-Alvillar PhotoAndrea D. Nicolas-Alvillar
TitleTeacher (Retired)
ExpertiseElementary level Gifted & Talented programs
Type of OrganizationElementary school
Major ProductElementary school education
Area of DistributionStockton, California
University/DegreeB.S.Ed., University of the Pacific, CA, 1970; M.A., Administration and Supervision, University of the Pacific, CA, 1974
BornJune 20, 1938, Fresno, California
Honors & AwardsOutstanding Graduate, University of the Pacific School of Education, presented by the Alumni Association, 1970; Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America, 1972; Most Admired Staff Member, Van Buren School, 1983-84; Finalist, Thanks to Teachers Excellence Award, KXTV, KVIE (PBS) Apple Corps, Schools Federal Credit Union, 1990; Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1992 and 1996; Inducted into Edison High Hall of Fame, 1994; Certificate of Excellence, Continental Cablevision, 1994
Hobbies & SportsBallroom dancing, collecting children's literature (autographed)
Career AccomplishmentsGraduated at the top of her class in the entire School of Education at the University of the Pacific; One of the first teachers to pilot the "Gifted and Talented" teaching program (GATE) so successfully that the school district (SUSD) adopted the program
Work HistorySubstitute Teacher, 1967-68; Selected for the 1st National Undergraduate Teacher Corps Program, 1968; Taught grades 5 & 6 1970-1979; Multicultural Specialist, 1972-79 & District Consultant, 1979; Elementary and middle schools Vice Principal, 1979-81; Selected to pilot the GATE program grades 4-6, 1981-98; Retired 2002
ChildrenBen Nicolas Jr. 1958; Christopher 1964; Karen Nicolas-Valle 1966; Julie Strehlow 1968; Kathleen Nicolas 1970; 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild
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