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UC Riverside’s Graduate School of Education Hosts Education Forum

2002 National Teacher of The Year, Chauncey Veatch, to Give Keynote Address

(May 21, 2004)

Chauncey Veatch

Chauncey Veatch

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( National Teacher of the Year for 2002, Chauncey Veatch, is scheduled to give the keynote address Sunday, May 23, at the Education Forum in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the University of California, Riverside. The Graduate School of Education at UC Riverside hosts this free and public event, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the University Theatre, 900 University Ave. Parking in Lot 6 is free for this event.

Veatch’s speech is titled Every Child is a Gift. The Coachella Valley High School science teacher is the 2002 recipient of the National Teacher of The Year Award, a title conferred by the Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic Inc.

The National Teacher of The Year program started in 1952 and is the oldest and most prestigious award program for public education teachers. Veatch, a former U.S. Army Colonel, focuses his teaching philosophy primarily on literacy and dreams. He has said that his mission is to be a “dream maker for my students, not a dream breaker.”

Ninety-nine percent of his students are Hispanic, and one-third of them receive special education instruction. Veatch’s other accolades include: Bilingual Teacher of the Year, Migrant Program Teacher of the Year, and Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year.

The forum will include a video overview of the Graduate School of Education. The presentation is titled The Graduate School of Education, Past, Present, Future.

A program follows honoring Professor of Education Flora Ida Ortiz — who will retire June 30 — for her 32 years as a faculty member at the Graduate School of Education.

Ortiz’s scholarship focuses on women in educational administration, Latina superintendents, and Latino student achievement. Her research has impacted all levels of education. Her first book Career Patterns in Education: Women, Men, and Minorities in Public School Administration, is considered a seminal work in the area of educational administration.

Herbert Fischer, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools will honor Ortiz, as will her former student, Donald Reed, now a faculty member at Washington State University, and UC Riverside Education Instructor Jane Zykowski.

Sharon Duffy, interim dean of the Graduate School of Education, will give the closing remarks followed by a reception in the plaza outside the University Theatre.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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