Principal of Madera Technical Exploration Center, Alyson Rocco, is most excited to create an environment where students learn by doing and ignite passions that lead students to pursue future aspirations in high school, college and career. As a former Madera High School graduate, she is excited to return to Madera Unified. She has spent the last fifteen years in Clovis Unified, ten as a classroom teacher and five in administration at all levels: elementary, intermediate and high school. At the 7-12 level Alyson oversaw English, Academic Block, Drama, Choir, Forensics, and the CTE Education Pathway. She received her Bachelors of Arts and Teaching Credential at San Diego State University, her Master’s in Education from Fresno State University, and her Administrative Credential through Fresno County Office of Education. Alyson and her husband, Bobby, have been married for over ten years. They have two young daughters. As a family they enjoy sports, traveling, reading, home improvement projects and game nights.
Laura Quiroz joins Madera TEC after having served as a District Academic Coach for Secondary ELA and ELD at Madera Unified for three years. Previously, Laura was a 12th grade English teacher, activities director, and Varsity Volleyball Coach for Parlier High School. Laura’s passion for education stemmed from her time in the classroom where she enjoyed building relationships with students and ensuring equitable access for all.
A Fresno State Alum, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education, Teaching Credential in Secondary English Language Arts, and Master of Arts Degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction with a Special Certificate in Education Technology. She also earned her Administrator Credential through the Bridges to Leadership program through Madera County Superintendent of Schools. In her journey as a life-long learner, Laura is currently part of Cohort 14 of Fresno State’s Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. Laura is eager to share her passion for equity, technology, and college and career readiness with her team at Madera TEC.
When she isn’t driving to a sports practice or game, Laura enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, watching movies, listening to music, spending time with family, and singing along to musicals with her eight-year-old daughter.
“Madera Technical Exploration Center exists to build strong relationships with students and the community through project-based, career-themed education rooted in real-world experiences. Madera TEC is where students are empowered to learn by doing.”
“To transform education, we will use an integrated approach that keeps equity and evidence of student learning at the heart of decision making.”