The Madera Technical Exploration Center has an office team dedicated to building strong relationships with all stakeholders. We strive to create a school environment that is safe, welcoming, and supportive of the needs of students, parents, and the community at large. We work closely with the seven schools that feed into our program and industry partners to create an unparalleled learning experience!
Abby was born and raised in the City of Madera. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Fresno State. She has previously worked as a Social Worker with Madera County. She recently worked at Ripperdan Community Day School as their Student Advocate. Although she loves working with our at-promise students she is excited to work with students in a different capacity at MTEC.
She’s passionate about working with students and assisting them in achieving their goals. In her spare time, she enjoys going to Dinkey Creek. Her favorite place in the world is her home. She enjoys spending quality time with her husband of 10 years and their two children, Noah and Amaya. In her free time, she enjoys reading, shopping, and watching football. Go 49ers!!
Alex comes to MadTEC with many years of experience as an office professional. Since graduating from Madera High, Alex has been employed with Madera Unified School District in various capacities. During her recent tenure, she had an emphasis on working to help the district’s English Learners. Helping others is a lifelong passion for her. In the future, she hopes to finish her Bachelor’s Degree with the goal of becoming a counselor. Working at MadTEC is like a full-circle moment for Alex as she is still in close contact with her 8th grade and favorite teacher, Mr. Gonzalez. She considers Mr. G (as his students called him) to be a foremost influence on her life, both professionally and personally. She understands firsthand that the impact a teacher can make is one that can last a lifetime. It is in part because of this that she is overjoyed at the opportunity to support the MadTEC teachers and staff and help in any way she can to achieve the greatest positive influence on Madera’s youth. When not at work, Alex enjoys writing, painting, propagating plants, and spending time with family, friends, and her cat.
“Never settle for mediocrity.” —Ed Gonzalez
My name is Kimberley Stickler and I grew up in the foothills east of Sanger, CA. I got my associate’s degree at Reedley College with an Associate in Arts and graduated from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation. After graduation, I did my Internship at the Fresno Veteran’s hospital and moved to Northern California where I got a job with the Laytonville school district. I have volunteered at numerous places, including Boy’s and Girl’s club, Handi-riders (horseback riding for children and young adults with special needs), and Best Buddies, just to name a few. Moving back to the San Joaquin Valley I began working for Kings Canyon Unified. While I have worked in many positions in the district, my calling is working with children and young adults with special needs. They truly have a special place in my heart. I have been working as a paraprofessional-special needs in Madera Unified for 6 years now. I have worked in Elementary, High School, and can’t wait to get started working at MadTec. Someone who inspires me would be my husband. He makes me a better person, is kind, generous, and my best friend. My husband is also in Madera Unified, so we have the privilege of spending a lot of time together. I enjoy reading, gardening, backpacking, camping, fishing, pretty much anything outdoors, and hanging out with our 4 dachshunds.
My name is Steve Gonzalez and I’m the RSP teacher here at MadTec. Prior to joining the team at MadTec, I served in the same position at Howard. I thoroughly enjoy my job and love coming to work every day.
Prior to joining the teaching ranks in 2014, I worked in radio for 13 years, serving as a news anchor, sports talk show host, and play-by-play announcer.
When I’m not at school, I enjoy listening to music, watching sports, and hanging out with my wife and three boys, ages 17, 14, and 8.
Serving as Head custodian for 3 years, and 12 years as Regular Custodian. Over 15 years of experience in sales and service, I always remember “a quitter never wins” always try doing my best. Family/children inspire me to be a good example to them and others. I love to dance salsa, soccer, and love flying and many other sports and recreational activities. I would like to visit many countries in my retirement and perhaps live in Barcelona Spain one day.