2012 Inductee - Elena Diaz Molina

2012 Inductee - Elena Diaz Molina


Elena was born in French Camp, California to Marcelino and Manuela (Nellie) Diaz. She has two older brothers, Marshall and Arthur. Her family lived in a modest home located in El Barrio De Chivo, and later on Grant Street in Stockton, CA. Elena’s mother was a beautiful, vibrant, proud woman who loved to cook, garden and take care of her family. Her mother taught Elena to pray, recite the Rosary; and to read the Bible. She also taught her the importance of good house cleaning and cooking. Her family and the Chivo community taught her to care, share and help others; this mantra became the foundation of a belief system that Elena has had and will embrace for the rest of her life.

Elena cherishes the times her mother shared about how their family had survived the Great Depression. She also talked about a young Mexican woman who owned a grocery store with her husband, and who had helped many families to survive the Depression by giving them a means to put food on their tables. Elena’s mother would end the story by saying: “Mija when you are older and God has blessed you; never forget where you came from and don’t forget to help others who are in need”.

In 1974 Elena married Jess Molina. They have three children Laura (Mike Dutra), Jesse (Liz) and Felipe (fiancée - Katie); as well as 4 grandchildren Jessica, Marc Anthony, Makayla and Eliana. Elena treasures her family’s love and support which was the bridge she needed to realize her dreams and honor her mother’s request. Elena has been encouraged and supported by many mentors as she pursued her education. She graduated from Edison High School and earned a Social Services Certificate from Sacramento City College. Later as a wife, mother of three, and a full-time employee, she returned to Delta College. Blessed with a lot of support and sacrifice from her husband and her children Elena graduated from Delta with an A.A. Degree in Social Science; earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Emphasis in Behavioral Science; a Master of Science degree in Educational Counseling, plus a Pupil Personnel Services Credential at National University; and an Administrative Services Credential at the University of the Pacific.

Her career highlights include: Social Services/Advocacy at the Sacramento Concilio; SB65 Outreach Consultant, Student Assistant Program, Student Assistant Program Chairperson, Assistant Principal, and Principal for SUSD; and an Adjunct Professor at California State University of Sacramento and National University. She has received numerous awards from the State Department of Education, SJ County, and the Catholic Diocese of Stockton. She was elected Vice-President of the state-wide Community Day School Network.” Volunteer work reenergizes”, states Elena. Her focus has included numerous presentations on Cultural Sensitivity, Student Intervention Programs, and/or Parent Education workshops. Elena loves helping others; she still hears her mother’s voice: “Mija when you are older and God has blessed you; never forget where you came from and don’t forget to help others who are in need”.