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.