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MDUSD Profile - Vicki Gordon





Vicki Gordon’s memories of attending MDUSD schools center on the themes of support, engagement, and inspiration. As an elementary school student at Valhalla Elementary, she recalls nurturing teachers.

“I vividly remember my Valhalla teachers. Mrs. Jones, my 1St grade teacher, Mrs. Kansas, my 2nd grade teacher, and Mrs. Boyle, my 3rd grade teacher all believed in me and were so kind and supportive.”


Gordon can also recall her early science education experiences where she loved studying pond water organisms and biology. “I actually thought I might pursue a career in science or nursing.”


Her 6th grade Social Studies teacher at Valley View Middle School instilled an interest in leadership and inspired Gordon to run for student government office. “It was my first experience in sharing student voice and working to make change!” she recalls.


 While at College Park High School, Gordon remembers teachers who encouraged her and “amazing summer school moments” that were transformative. “My teachers at College Park were wonderful and the learning experiences I had taking part in the MDUSD Summer School program were incredible -  inspiring leadership classes and backpacking through the Sierra Nevadas!”


After high school, Gordon attended Diablo Valley College and Cal State East Bay (then Cal State Hayward). Following a career in business, she pursued a teaching credential and worked in Pittsburg and Martinez schools. After a long tenure on the Martinez School Board, Gordon ran for a Contra Costa County Community College board seat and currently serves as its President. “I loved my time on the Martinez school board. Running for the Community College Board allowed me to use what I had learned to serve 4,000 students in Martinez and translate it to the 55,000 students served by the Contra Costa Community Colleges.”


In her current capacity, and along MDUSD Trustees Debra Mason and Cheryl Hansen, she began work on establishing the College Now Program - the innovative partnership between MDUSD and Diablo Valley College that allows high school juniors and seniors   to meet high school graduation requirements while earning college credits simultaneously. “I am proud of what we have already accomplished with College Now and look forward to providing more students with this unique opportunity.”


Gordon is eager to forge new partnerships between Contra Costa County K-12 schools and the Community Colleges and credits her MDUSD experience with giving her the strong foundation needed to be an effective educational leader. “I would not be where I am today without my MDUSD experience. As I continue to work to serve students all throughout Contra Costa County, I draw on what I have learned and the connections I made in the MDUSD community. We have a lot to celebrate.”