New MUSD superintendent begins school year in the room where he began teaching
The career of Madera Unified’s new school superintendent, Ed Gonzalez, came full circle Monday when he visited Dixieland Elementary School on the first day of the 2013-14 school year.
Thirty-one years ago, Gonzalez, as a brand new teacher, nervously greeted his very first class of sixth graders at the little country school. On Monday, the recently hired schools chief walked back into that same classroom for a moment of déjà vu.
When teacher Brian O’Donovan introduced Gonzalez to his fourth grade class, they responded with warm applause. The superintendent then shared with the kids about how he felt a bit jittery on his first day of school in that same classroom so many years ago. He assured the young scholars, however, that the nervousness quickly evaporated.
Gonzalez was hired by then principal Carles Beckett to teach sixth grade in that classroom in 1982. He also hired him to teach chorus and help coach the upper grade sports teams...