1995 Inductee - Mercedes Rea Silveira

1995 Inductee - Mercedes Rea Silveira


Mercedes Rea Silveira is employed by Tracy Unified School District as the K-12 English Language Development Coordinator. She has worked in the district twenty-five years and she speaks Spanish, Portuguese and English. Mercedes was born in Ciudad Manuel Doblado, Gto. Mexico. She came to the US in 1963 as a teenager to live in Tracy with her sister Amelia Moreno. In 1969 she attended the Adult School Program to learn how to speak English and graduated from Tracy High School in 1971. In 1976 she obtained an AA Degree from San Joaquin Delta College, in 1981 she completed a Bachelors Degree and a K-12 Multiple Subject Life Teaching Authorization from California State University of Stanislaus. In 1999 she obtained a Masters Degree on Educational Management and a preliminary Administrative Authorization from LaVerne University. She also possesses a Bilingual Certificate of Competence from the University of the Pacific.

Mercedes’ professional experience includes teaching K-12 curriculum, Adult Education, Bilingual Education, Migrant Education, School Administrator, and Educational Consultancy. In addition, she is a member of the California State Department of Education CELDT Assessment Content Team. In 1992 Mercedes served on a statewide selected team to analyze California’s K-12 Education and make recommendations in education to the California State Legislature. At the moment she represents TUSD on the English Learners/English Language Development Committee for California Partnership for Achieving Student Success (Cal PASS).

Mercedes has been an active community volunteer since 1972 and has served in countless organizations in all capacities, including leadership roles as their Chair or President. Some of the organizations she previously participated or is presently involved in are, the Tracy Mayor Community Youth Support Network, Institute of American Culture coordinator in California, Hispanic Business Group, Tracy Arts Commission, The United Way, Brighter Christmas, Mexican American Hall of Fame of San Joaquin County, Tracy Educational Foundation, San Joaquin County League of Women Voters, National Women Political Caucus, Hispanics for Political Action, San Joaquin County Commission on the Status of Women, San Joaquin County Women Center Director, Stockton Human Rights Task Force, California Teachers Association State Council, Tracy Educators Association, Commission Honorifica Mexicana, San Joaquin County Democratic Central Committee, TUSD Cesar Chavez Celebration of his life and Legacy, Relay for Life, the Mexican Heritage Art Center, Stockton Sister Cities Association, Tracy Sister Cities Association and the Tracy Democratic Club.

In addition, Mercedes coordinated an International Literature Contest held at UOP in 1983 commemorating the 50th Anniversary of The Institute of American Culture, bringing Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals to the winners. The same year the IAC President appointed her the Institute of American Culture Coordinator in California.

Her Community and political involvement made it possible to meet important people and visit important places. She is especially proud of her friendship with the great leader Cesar Chavez and his family. She met Rosa Parks in two occasions, and she also was invited to the two Presidential Inaugurations of former President Bill Clinton in Washington DC.

In 1990 Mercedes was selected one of thirty California Leaders for the 21st. Century by the California Leadership Legislature. Her philosophy is “Democracy guarantees every individual the right to participate and be included” and in 1992 she ran for the California State Assembly making education, human and women’s rights part of her key issues. Her motto, “You do not embrace the new land, your new land embraces you! It is this embrace of acceptance that builds the bridge of trust; giving you the freedom to contribute with pride your culture, your knowledge, your talent and make this country a better place to live.”

Some of the recognition awards she has received include: Who is Who Among American’s Teachers, Governor Gray Davis Recognition for Outstanding Service in Education (2001), California Teacher’s Association Golden Bell Award (1994), Susan B. Anthony Award for Women’s Rights, Excellence in Teaching Recognition Certificate, (2001), TUSD Outstanding K-5 Certificated Employee, City of Stockton Volunteer Recognition, Institute of American Culture Recognition Certificate (1982), and received the Stockton Business and Professional Women Award three different years.

Mercedes was married to the late Raymond Silveira. Her pride and joy is her family, spending time together celebrating the holidays at home or vacationing in Hawaii. She has two children, daughter Erendida Silveira Bower, son Tony Silveira and a grandson, Eric Nava-Silveira.