Sonoma Valley Unified School District has hired Nancy Case-Rico as a teacher-on-special assignment to help coordinate implementation of common core state standards (CCSS) across the district.

Case-Rico received her master’s degree in education and her teaching credential from Sonoma State University. She taught history for 10 years between 1991 and 2001 at Sonoma Valley High School. During that time she also served as history department chair and a mentor teacher. More recently, Case-Rico was a lecturer and adjunct professor at Sonoma State University, where she also served as curriculum program specialist. In that role, she focused on the implementation of the common core curriculum.

Case-Rico has consulted a number of districts including West Contra Costa County Schools, Petaluma City Schools, and Sonoma Valley Unified, on common core curriculum and teaching strategies. She has trained teachers at the national, state, and county levels in literacy, common core, and history, and she has experience in English language development (ELD) curriculum programs.

Robert Curtis, the new director of Curriculum and Instruction, began meeting with Case-Rico over the summer to coordinate priorities around the district’s move to implementation of common core in 2014-15.