2007 Inductee - Maria Ramirez McGuire

2007 Inductee - Maria Ramirez McGuire


Maria has always been proud of her culture and language and has used it to inspire, motivate, and encourage her students. She was born in Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico on December 14, 1951. Her family immigrated to Pittsburg, California when she was three. There she attended elementary school and graduated from Pacifica High School in 1970. Encouraged by her parents, who stressed the value of education, she received a scholarship to attend Chico State University. During her junior year she studied abroad at the University of Madrid and received her Bachelor’s Degree in 1974 and her Teaching Credential in 1975.

In 1975 she was hired at Hamilton City High where she taught for two years. She was hired at Tracy High School in 1977, where she retired after 30 years. Incidentally, both high schools received the California Distinguished High School Award in 2007.

During the early 1980’s she earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Pacific. In the early 1990’s she was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to the University of Georgetown, where she studied the Mexican Revolution. She received a second Endowment in 2000, to the State University of New York, where she studied Don Quijote.

At Tracy High she has taught Reading, Basic Math, bilingual and regular U.S. History, American Government, Economics, and Spanish. She developed curriculum for bilingual classes, worked as an AVID advisor, and advocated tirelessly for teachers and lowering class sizes. She has been a career teacher for the Pathways to Excellence Program and counseled at-risk students for two years. From 1977-2000 she was the M.E.Ch.A. advisor, facilitating student field trips to college campuses and conferences. In addition, she developed the first girl’s soccer team at Tracy High and coached girl’s basketball, volleyball, and softball!

From 1992 – 2007, she served as department chair. She was named Teacher of the Quarter in 1990. In 2005 she received the California Teacher Association’s John Williams and Character Counts Awards. Maria has been a champion for the cause of students, their parents, and the Latino community.