2009 Inductee - Frederick Medina

2009 Inductee - Frederick Medina


Frederick was born in eastside Stockton on March 30, 1953. Family was most important to him, and his Mexican born parents expected the best from him. “My Abuelos’ home was the gathering place.” He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1971, and received an A.A. Degree from San Joaquin Delta College in 1973. At the University of Francisco, he earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts in 1977, and an M.A. in School Administration in 1985. In 2005, he received a Clear Administrative Credential from California State University, Stanislaus.

He has been a business entrepreneur, and a teacher, assistant principal and principal, at Tracy Unified School District for 33 years. In this time, he has received numerous awards and recognitions including the New Educator’s Award in 1980, California League of Middle Schools-Region 6 Educator of the Year award in 1998, Outstanding Educator NEA Capital Service Center in 1999, Tracy Hispanic Business Group Leadership In Education Award in 2006, TUSD Employee of the Spring Term 2007, and the Phi Delta Kappa Marc Jantzen Distinguished Service in School Administration Award in 2009.

Frederick states, “At an early age I learned to give back to my community”. From 1978-1986, he directed the Mexican folklore dance group “El Amanecer”, served as coach for Tracy Youth Soccer (1980), Tracy Schools Sports Coordinator (1985), Tracy Schools Cable TV Coordinator, Stockton Youth Soccer Association Youth Coordinator (1991-1997), Youth Baseball Coach (1991-1994), Su Salud Director for host Dr. Vicuna “To Prevent is to Cure” (1991-2003), and since 2008, is a board member of Boy and Girls Club, and City of Tracy Neighbors For Change Committee.

He has also served in appointed and elected positions. In 2009, Frederick served as President of (TSMA), Tracy Schools Management Association, and has served as Vice President for Teachers Education Association (TEA), and as its negotiator.

In 1983, while teaching English to adults at Tracy Adult School, he met and later married a teaching assistant, Juanita Diaz in 1985. They have two sons, Fernando and Esteban and a dog, “Chicharron”.