EDUCATION LEGACY   Alicia Gonzales has worked in education for over 30 years and left retirement to re-enter the classroom.   (Photo courtesy Tele Gonzales)
EDUCATION LEGACY Alicia Gonzales has worked in education for over 30 years and left retirement to re-enter the classroom. (Photo courtesy Tele Gonzales)
    Alicia Gonzales, who grew up and went to school in Lamesa, has enjoyed a lifetime of teaching children.
    Tele Gonzales, Alicia’s father, still lives in Lamesa.
    “I’m a father, and I’m a grandfather, and I’m a great-grandfather, and I’m very proud of [Alicia’s] accomplishments,” said Tele.
    After graduating from college, Alicia has been teaching for over 30 years. She began her career in 1983 as a second grade bilingual teacher for Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD.
    From 1984-2001 Alicia implemented the ESL program for Crockett County Consolidated Common School District (CCCCSD) in Ozona. She became ESL director and teacher for all four campuses. For the next six years, she taught ESL to children in first through sixth grades.
    Beginning in 1997, Alicia worked as a first grade bilingual teacher for Ector County ISD until she retired in 2007.
    After being in retirement four years, she reportedly told Tele, “I love kids and I love to be with them in the classroom” before leaving retirement and returning to teach fourth grade full time. Alicia has taught children ever since.
    Tele said that he is proud of Alicia’s service as a teacher and how she has provided for her own children as a single mother.