Ms. Mary Ann Pacheco was elected to the Board of Trustees on November 4, 2013. She represents Trustee Area 3 which includes the City of Whittier and South El Monte.
Honorable Mary Ann Pacheco
Trustee Pacheco was born in Tucson, Arizona, and grew up in southern California. She received her BA in English and Ethnic Studies cum laude from the University of Southern California and her MA in English from the University of California at Los Angeles. While at USC she was a student leader, helping to found USC’s El Centro Chicano as well as hosting the first national Chicano literature festival, the Festival de Flor y Canto and co-editing the anthology which resulted from that festival.
Ms. Pacheco was a full-time teacher of English at Rio Hondo College for thirty-seven years. She taught the full range of composition classes as well as grammar and literature classes. She also was the Writing Workshop coordinator, the assessment coordinator, the Puente coordinator, and a Summer Bridge instructor. She retired from full-time teaching but continued teaching on a part-time basis for one more year. She is now fully retired.
As a teacher leader, Ms. Pacheco served as president of the Rio Hondo College Faculty Association/CCA/CTA/NEA, the Rio Hondo College Academic Senate, and the statewide CTA Community College Association. She represented higher education on the CTA Board of Directors, the NEA Board of Directors, and the CTA/ABC/Political Allocations Committee. She served on the Board of Directors of the NEA’s Foundation for the Improvement of Education, and she has attended the NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly for 34 years as a higher education and Hispanic leader. Finally, Ms. Pacheco has served as a delegate or observer at the World Congress of Education International on four continents.
Ms. Pacheco has been honored with the CTA César E. Chávez Si Se Puede Human Rights Award and the James Davenport Award of the National Council for Higher Education (NEA). She was the 2012 recipient of the NEA Human and Civil Rights Award named in honor or Cesar Chavez: the Accion y Compromiso Award. She has received two state-wide and two local WHO (We Honor Ours) awards from the California Teachers Association. Recently, the CTA Community College Association established the Mary Ann Pacheco Award to recognize, each year, those who have supported and promoted ethnic minority issues and students on college campuses. In 2012 she was selected and honored as Fellow of the College by Rio Hondo College.