Planada superintendent wins reappointment to credentialing commission

Merced County Office of Education

Jose Gonzalez, superintendent of the Planada Elementary School District, has been reappointed to the California Teacher Credentialing Commission, which deals with teacher licensing and discipline issues at the state level.

Gonzalez, who has been at Planada Elementary since 2010, originally filled the fourth year of a term on the commission beginning in November 2014. The process took about six months, Gonzalez said, and included interviews, confirmation from the state Senate and appointment by the governor. His reappointment was made last month.

The commission includes 13 members who are unpaid and meet every other month in Sacramento. The major purpose of the agency is to serve as a state standards board for educator preparation for the public schools of California, the licensing and credentialing of professional educators in the state, the enforcement of professional practices of educators, and the discipline of credential holders in the state of California, according to its website.

“I am honored to be reappointed,” Gonzalez said. “It is extremely humbling. We are trying to ensure integrity in the preparation of teachers in the state. This goes with my core values.”

The commission is tasked with dealing with California’s teacher shortage, Gonzalez said, which resulted from layoffs during the recession and baby boomers reaching retirement age. The panel is working with the state Legislature to to attract more teachers, he said.

“It was a perfect storm,” he said. “We have to be strategic and proactive in promoting and recruiting teachers. The pipeline is dry but it is starting to recover.”

Gonzalez also is a past president of the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators, and serves on the board of the School Employers Association of California and on the Association of California Schools Administrators council.

Gonzalez, 43, has been in education for 18 years. His parents were Mexican and Portuguese immigrants. Gonzalez’s wife, Maria, is a second-grade teacher in Livingston, and the couple have two daughters.