2011 Inductee - Rosalva Violeta Garduño

2011 Inductee - Rosalva Violeta Garduño


Rosalva Violeta Garduño was born in Durango, México, January 11, 1964. She moved to Stockton and graduated from Thomas Edison High School. She earned an Associate Degree at San Joaquin Delta College and a Bachelor’s degree at Humphreys College, both in early childhood education.

Upon arriving in Stockton, Rosalva began working in the fields while raising her young children and trying to further her education. From 1993 to 2007, she worked for Head Start Child Development Council as a Full-Inclusion Teacher and Site Supervisor. She has received several awards and recognitions, including San Joaquin A+ Teacher Award in 2001, the first preschool teacher to receive such recognition.

In January 2007, Rosalva accepted the position of Project Coordinator for a Child Development Program at San Joaquin Delta College. She worked with college students who wanted to become preschool teachers. Currently, Rosalva is the Project Coordinator of a Nursing Grant and a Psychiatric Technician Expansion Program.

Rosalva has dedicated many years to educating families on mental illness. She became involved in NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) as a volunteer, and in an attempt to reach out to the Spanish-Speaking community regarding mental illness, she began to offer families in need education, support, and resources to cope with their difficult situations. She offered the first Spanish NAMI programs in northern California. Rosalva continues to teach this course, facilitates a support group, and coordinates two other programs.

Spanish educational programs are available because of Rosalva’s mission to educate the public. By volunteering her time in these educational programs, she hopes that the stigma associated with mental illness will be removed so that people who suffer from such illnesses and their families receive the empathy and quality care they deserve.

Rosalva believes working with students who will be Psychiatric Technicians aids her in her mission. She is also thankful to God for giving her the ability to help her community. Rosalva believes that for people with mental illness, recuperation is possible if, through education, one can learn compassion and respect for those who suffer such illness.

Rosalva thanks her three children, Violeta, Christian, and Alexis, and two grandchildren, Mia Violeta and Carlos Rey for their love, and NAMI and San Joaquin Delta College for their support, encouragement, and the opportunity to contribute to her community through education.