Claudia Moreno is a longtime resident of San Joaquin County and Stockton, Calif. Upon her high school graduation she enrolled at San Joaquin Delta College. While at Delta, Claudia helped tutor students for the High School Equivalency Program (GED) and Mini-Corps Program. In order to finance her schooling, during the summers she would work for the Migrant Education Program and in local packing sheds, canneries and retail businesses. In 1987 she was hired permanently as a part-time paraprofessional in Stockton Unified School District. In 1991 Claudia was hired full time as an outreach liaison for the Drug Free School Zone program at Edison High School.
Her early work at Edison would lead her to help develop a coalition to support the establishment of the first school-based health center in San Joaquin County. This marked the start of her work in establishing support systems for students at Edison High School. Claudia is best known for advocating for at-risk students, their parents, the school and the community. She is known to be a catalyst of positive change. She is best known for her ability to establish collaboration with many community-based agencies to help students and their families. In her 25 years of service at Edison she has spearheaded multiple programs beginning with the Drug Free School Coalition. She has written annual grants such as the Comprehensive Student Support Program, conducted the Summer Home Visit Outreach project for incoming ninth-graders, developed an academy for at-risk youth, a Summer Adventure In Learning Program (SAIL) that targeted 11th- and 12th-graders who were behind in credits, created work shadowing internships with various agencies and businesses, and co-wrote a policing grant that would pilot the first School Resource Officer Program on the school campus and also paid for a part-time probation officer and an on-site Peacekeeper. She also developed in partnership with law enforcement a speaker’s bureau and held safety awareness and educational parent and student workshops. In 2009, Claudia wrote the annual CSS Grant that earned the school the distinction of being named an “Outstanding Achievement School” by the California Department of Education. Most recently Claudia worked in collaboration with the University of the Pacific Latino Outreach Program and LULAC Council 2060 in obtaining the Ford Driving Dream Grant that provides tutoring, mentorship and leadership skills to English learners at Edison.
Claudia’s work and passion for advocating for students and their families through education extend beyond Edison and into the community. She has served as the co-coordinator of the Stockton Unified School District-wide Reclaiming Our Youth Prevention Program in 2009. She also coordinates and manages the Pacific Academia de Matemáticas at the University of the Pacific. She serves as a community member in the California Department of Education State Parent Advisory Council for the Migrant Program. She served as the president of the Board of Trustees for San Joaquin Delta College, and she is a board director for Catholic Charities, a trustee for the San Joaquin Calaveras Central Labor Council and the president of the California School Employees Association (CSEA), Delta Valley Chapter #821. She is also actively involved in the Cathedral of the Annunciation Catholic Church where she serves as a Catechist for the Adult Religious Program. She is also a lector and a co-coordinator of the Adelante Tutoring Program. Incidentally, Claudia has received various recognitions from CSEA, naming her the Unsung Hero and Activist of the Year, and she also received the Regional President Award. This past October Claudia was inducted to the Edison Hall of Fame.
Claudia has facilitated many community workshops. She has been a presenter and keynote speaker for various educational programs and conferences.
Claudia Moreno has often said that she has worked hard to honor her parents by being the first in her family to graduate from college. To date, she has earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and in Psychology, has a Certification as Dropout Prevention Specialist from Sacramento State University, and a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in Best Teaching Practices from National University.
Despite the many things Claudia has achieved and received recognition for over the years, she states that her greatest wish is to pay homage to her parents and be a positive role model to her daughter, her students and the community she loves.
“All dreams and goals can be accomplished. So, Love yourself enough to push yourself to the limits and beyond. Don’t stop the dream!” Claudia Moreno