Message From The Director

February 2017 marked a milestone for me, fifty years in public education in San Mateo County.

I began my career as a teacher in February 1967 and joined the San Mateo Union High School District in the fall of 1972.

In the fall of 1976 I began my administrative career as an Assistant Principal at Aragon High School,  then served as Principal at my beloved Burlingame High for fifteen graduating classes. This is now my 20th year at San Mateo Adult School.

I have advised our Board of Trustees my intention to retire at the end of this academic year, July 1. 2017.

The adage that “all good things must come to an end” rings true with me. My career has really been a great ride.  I will miss the action of a lively school community. I have so many fond memories of wonderful colleagues, students and families.

I have witnessed many changes during my career, but one thing has not changed: the fundamental connection between teacher and student. That is essential to our mission. I have had the privilege of working with many great teachers, but I have found there is  something special about the teachers and staff at our adult school.  Whether they are serving our new immigrant population;  those  who have been away from school for an extended period returning to earn a diploma;  or seniors demonstrating the value of life-long learning; our teachers conduct classes with an almost missionary zeal. They exhibit a true passion for the work we do here

It will be hard to step away from that energy..

Second only to my family, my career in the San Mateo Union High School District, has been my greatest gift.

Thanks to all in the community  who have enhanced my life and career.


Lawrence Teshara