an Chadwick

Director, Literacy and the Law



Dr. Fran Chadwick is an associate professor of social studies education for the School of Education at California State University San Marcos.  She has served as an educational consultant to the Administrative Office of the Courts of California since 2006, developing statewide professional development opportunities for kindergarten through grade twelve educators, designed to increase knowledge of civic education and the judicial branch of government.

 Dr. Chadwick was appointed by Chief Justice Ronald George to serve on a statewide commission to promote the impartiality of the judiciary, and has received numerous recognition awards for her service to civic education.  Prior to her appointment to California State University San Marcos, Dr. Chadwick was a classroom teacher, administrator, and site director for The Southern Counties Arts Project, a subject matter professional development program for the state of California.

Hobbies and interests: The arts: dance, music, theater and visual arts: "I love the theater  art museums, dance and musical performances of all kinds!  I especially enjoy bringing the arts into other areas of the core curriculum."


Roy Person

I’m a native Californian and was born in 1957 in Los Angeles. I lived most of my life in El Monte (end of the Santa Fe Trail). I became interested in teaching when I started substituting in 1977 in the school district where I was a student. After attending CSULA and getting my B.S. degree in Criminal Justice (1979), I decided to get a California teaching credential in 1981. In 1983, I received my M.Ed in Educational Administration.

During the time that I was pursing my Master’s degree, I decided to run for the school board. Being elected, I had the honor of serving the district and its parents in the town that I grew up in for four years.

I’ve taught in both private and public education for the past 30 years and served as an administrator for four of those years. Although I have taught many grade levels, I currently teach fifth grade with the Morongo Unified School District. It is my desire to further my professional development by getting an Ed.d in Educational Leadership. My wife Debbie and I have been happily married for 28 years, and our proudest accomplishment is our lovely daughter Rebekah. I have to say that one of the most enjoyable highlights of my 30 year teaching career was having the opportunity to be part of the Teaching American History (TAH) Institute Cohort, and the California On My Honor Institute (COMH), One of the most unfortunate truths about the teaching field, is that a vast majority of teachers become “burned out.” Over the years they lose their “first love” that they brought with them when they entered the teaching arena. TAH and COMH has not only renewed within me the passion of teaching America’s most precious resource...her children, but is providing me, as well as the other teachers, valuable information, teaching techniques, and technological tools with which we can bring back to the classroom in order that we might ignite in our children a love for learning.

Karen Rieger

Teaching is my passion and I have been both a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Rancho Elementary School in Temecula since 2000. Before I became a teacher, I worked as a research scientist for eleven years. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Bacteriology from Utah State University and a Master of Education degree in Science and Mathematics Education from California State University San Marcos. Seeking out quality professional development is important to me. My GATE certificate is from UCR, and I attended the Williamsburg Teacher Institute and the USC China Institute. 

I have participated in an EETT grant and the Algebraic Grant supported by SDSU. Incorporating  wonderful resources, activities, and knowledge gained from these institutes and grants helped me develop engaging and effective fifth grade curriculum. 

Jo Ann Gillespie

I have a passion for education.  I have been a teacher and facilitator for 44 years.  Along the way I have been blessed to pick up several Masters.  (I am not done yet, as I still have much more to acquire in knowledge!)  I have a natural curiosity for learning  and this educational opportunity on law and literacy reinforces that.  Currently, my assignment will be sixth grade, but I will also have seventh and eighth graders in the fall.  I have been blessed to work at different levels in National History Day.  Every educational experience has helped to develop me as an individual. 

 I enjoy being around people and am constantly amazed how much I have learned from others.  People have also helped develop my hobbies and interests. I constantly read, attend movies, garden, and am fascinated with historical clothing and art; and am presently surprised that I enjoy traveling to other places other than California! (smile)  I will be traveling to Canada!  Family and friends would be shocked to learn I'm leaving my comfort zone and am willing to embrace more technology!  Having a sense of humor, the sales clerk sincerely demonstrated patience as I had all kinds of questions about a "web cam".

Time passes so quickly, but I believe that one should use time wisely and to the fullest!  I'm so honored to be a part of this group!

Michelle Martinez

I was born in Pasadena, California, but was raised in El Paso, Texas after my parents moved away while I was a young child. I received my Bachelors of Arts degree in History from the University of Texas at El Paso and was credentialed as a teacher from the state of Texas in 1991. I taught middle school Social Studies for 12-years in El Paso and was fortunate to relocate to California in 2013. Upon receiving my teaching credentials from the state of California in 2013 I began teaching Social Studies at Thurston Middle School for Laguna Beach Unified School District. Over my career span of 22-years I have taught Social Studies and ELD to all middle school grades from 6th through 8th grade.


I have been married for 25-years and my three children currently attend Baylor University for their undergraduate degrees in the disciplines of bio-chemistry, pharmacy and anthropologic forensics. Besides my family, my passion is History. I love experiencing where history occurred by visiting historical sites firsthand. Along with my family, I have traveled with students to 15 states, 12 countries and 3 continents.


Now as my husband and I settle in as empty-nesters we look forward to what the future holds for us and our new adventures. I know that I am definitely a middle school teacher and I cannot see myself doing anything different. The age group for middle school students is the ideal learning opportunity and I value the privilege granted to me to transport my students through time in appreciation of history. Each year I tell my students that my goal is to have them love History and to help them become the best model citizens.


Patti Allen

My credential is in Social Science, and California says I am highly qualified to also teach English, and math. I have taught for over 10 years with Orange County Department of Education alternative education.

Presently, I teach 6th, 7th & 8th graders who are part of a Muslim tutoring center within our home-school program. Before I was moved in March, I was teaching incarcerated high school students. I have taught for over 10 years within juvenile  hall, 1 year at one of our incarcerated facilities, a short time at a youth authority facility. (prison) and half a year at our on-line school (students definitely not on probation or incarcerated). I taught middle school for 10 years at a private school. My credential is in Social Science.

I still love teaching.

Hobbies and interests:  We square dance 1- 2 times a week. I love spending time behind my husband on our Harley Davidson motorcycle. (we have already logged over 4,000 miles since Feb.) I also go once a week to Juvenile Hall and lead a Bible Study. In my free time, I spend time with my grandchildren, mother, and reading.



Ronald J.“Ron” Cozad                                                                                                         Attorney                                                                                                                                                                                                   Law Offices of Ronald J Cozad                                                                                                                                                              TEL: 760-431-8200                                                                                                                                                                          EMAIL:

Mr. Cozad is a 1977 graduate of University of California and a 1983 graduate ofLoyola Law School. For twenty years Mr. Cozad focused exclusively on civil litigation and trials; typically representing railroads in accident cases, attorneys in professional malpractice matters and large and small businesses in product and general liability litigation. For the last ten years, Mr. Cozad has expanded his practice to include matters of general business formation, aviation, public interest law and administrative actions.

Mr. Cozad holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest legal rating of “AV” and was recognized by San Diego Magazine in its March 2013 edition as one of the “Top Lawyers in San Diego.” He serves as a judge pro tem for the San Diego Superior Courts and regularly hears small claims and minor criminal offense trials. He also serves as a mediator and arbitrator and sits on the Palomar Airport Advisory Committee by assignment from San Diego County Supervisor, Bill Horn.

Mary V.J. Cataldo,                                                                                                
Senior Counsel

 Direct Phone 760.496.0773                                                                                              Email

Mary V.J. Cataldo’s practice emphasizes complex business litigation and trust, estate, and probate litigation.

Ms. Cataldo has nearly twenty years experience helping clients in complex civil litigation matters. She is a frequent speaker for the North County Bar Association, the San Diego County Superior Court, and other professional groups on a variety of topics in litigation and trust and estates litigation. She regularly serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the Superior Court of California. Ms. Cataldo has served as an adjunct professor in the areas of civil litigation, torts, and business law at Palomar College, and civil litigation in the University of San Diego Paralegal Program.

Martha Ann (Marty) Knutson 

Attorney and Counselor at Law

Phone 858-705-6633                                                                           Email:

Martha focuses her law practice on helping organizations and individual healthcare providers get and stay in compliance with the many local, state, and federal require-ments governing healthcare today.

An honors graduate of the Washington College of Law at American University, Marty spent eight years trying cases in federal and state courts before moving to inhouse practice with three different inte-grated health systems, including San Diego’s Palomar Pomerado Health where she served as the District’s Compliance Officer. She is certified in Healthcare Cor-porate Compliance and earned a graduate certificate from the George Washington University in the same field.

Fran Chadwick,
Jul 22, 2013, 2:05 PM