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Passing of a Legend - Lee W. Clark
Educator/Mentor
Visionary
True Gentleman
Friend of Man
Man of God
Passed from the bonds of this life to freedom 
March 13, 2015 

Service in Education

After serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy during WWII, Lee Clark invested 70 years in the field of Adult Education and Career Technical Education. His tenacity, optimism, intensity, and humor, as well as his ability to select, challenge, cultivate, and support amazing educators at all levels has had an impact on countless thousands of lives-for generations to come.

1963 - 1979 Established and served for 16 proud and exciting years as Director of Metropolitan Education District Adult Education (MAEP), a five-district coalition of Adult Education programs, enrolling up to 115,000 individual students and graduating as many as 500 adults with fully accredited high school diplomas per year. Many ground-breaking programs were started and became hallmarks to be emulated across the nation. For those fortunate enough to recall them, these were the "heydays" of Adult Education.

1970 - 2009 He found great joy and satisfaction training, mentoring, encouraging, motivating, and challenging, thousands of Bay Area Adult Ed and Vocational/Career Tech Ed teachers to "Be the Best in Their Fields!" These teachers then dispersed into all levels and venues of education carrying with them the mantra, "Never Lower the Standards, Always Lower the Difficulty of Learning!" These teachers now serve in Preschools, Jail and Prison Programs, Schools for Developmentally Disabled, the full spectrum of Adult Education programs including Literacy, GED, ESL, Adult High School Diploma, Personal Enrichment Programs, Career Development, and Older (Senior) Adult Programs. Furthermore, they teach in Community Based Organizations, their churches, and businesses. Some teach online or independently while others teach in Community Colleges. Hundreds teach in Jr. High and High School Career Tech Ed programs, working with young people to help them gain employable skills, explore the world of work, bridging them into college or university, and more significantly, mentoring them through adolescence and helping them develop essential life skills that will prepare them for "the real world." This is Lee's greatest professional legacy -changing the lives of the families of the students that his students teach.

2009 - 2015 Unwilling to stop "contributing," he continued serving and motivating teachers by counseling and assisting them as a credential analyst until the last days of his life.
His Proudest Legacy: four amazing children, seven delightful and accomplished grandchildren

  Larry and his wife, Kitty; daughters, Shannon and Allison
  David-who passed away in 1986
  Marilee and her husband, George; son, Maxwell; daughters, Kimberly and Sidney
  Laurel and her husband Peter; son, Clark, daughter, Kaia
Most Significant Life Event
Although both Lee and Susan were raised in the Christian church, both departed for an independent life and pursued their every interest and intention. In spite “having everything,” something was missing. In 1992, the Lord “got their attention” and drew them to Himself. These are plain and simple words that cannot describe the impact of accepting Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior. The biblical term, “born again” is actually very descriptive. Or, as the apostle Paul said, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life. Titus 3: 4-7
From that time on, Lee grew to become a “man of God” in his heart, a man of prayer and devotion. It is for his pursuit of knowing God that he would most like to be remembered.

. In the words of the Apostle Paul,

As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. 
The time of my death is near.
I have fought the good fight, 
I have finished the race, 
and I have remained faithful. 
And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, 
which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. 
And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing. 

2 Timothy 4:6-8 
PLEASE NOTE: Credential information and guidance continues to be offered through Lee Clark’s office with the same high standards, skill, and personal attention that Lee and Susan have exercised for all these years. 

You may feel confident referring colleagues, friends, and potential teachers for information and guidance regarding the Adult Education or Career Technical Education credentials. 

We do not file the application with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. We will advise, give information, assist with preparation of the application and point you to the approved agencies for processing.

LeeClarkTeacherPrep@gmail.com  or call our office (510) 509-9639