Who Is CVTA?
WE ARE THE UNION REPRESENTING APPROXIMATELY 470 TEACHERS, LIBRARIANS, COUNSELORS, ADULT SCHOOL TEACHERS, NURSES, PROGRAM SPECIALISTS, SPEECH THERAPISTS AND BEHAVIOR SPECIALISTS IN THE CASTRO VALLEY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. CVTA ADVOCATES ON BEHALF OF OUR MEMBERS AND OUR STUDENTS ON A VARIETY OF LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL ISSUES. WE ARE AFFLICIATED WITH THE 325,000 MEMBER CALIFORNIA TEACHERS ASSOCIATION AND 3.2 MILLION MEMBER NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION.
“The Castro Valley Teachers Association is thrilled to endorse candidates who support the best interest of our students. Dot Theodore and Gary Howard are great advocates for the students of Castro Valley. That’s why the teachers of Castro Valley strongly support them for school board.”
– Alicia Gholami
Castro Valley Teachers Association President
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Dorothy "Dot" Theodore
Dorothy “Dot” Theodore, 43, has two children attending Castro Valley Elementary School, where she volunteers in the classroom and served two years as president of the Parent and Teacher Association. A 10-year Castro Valley resident, she serves on the school district’s Local Control Accountability Plan steering committee. Theodore also led the Eden Area Livability Initiative, spearheading an effort to install sidewalks and improve pedestrian safety. She’s pursuing a masters degree in public health from UC Berkeley and works as a research associate at Tunitas Therapeutics.
Gary Howard, 64, has lived in Castro Valley for more than 20 years and served on the school board since 2012 when trustees appointed him to fill a vacant seat. He’s the father of two daughters who graduated from Castro Valley High School. Howard served for two years as president of Proctor Parent Teacher Association and for five years as president of the Castro Valley Educational Foundation. He works as a manager of scientific editing at Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco.