CFF Honors Dr. Paul Gothold of SDCOE at Retirement Reception

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Dr. Paul Gothold and family

As its mission, the Classroom of the Future Foundation (CFF) inspires, supports, and recognizes educational innovation in San Diego County schools by partnering with education, business, and community leaders. One key partnership since our inception in 1997 has been with the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), which has been led by Dr. Paul Gothold since 2017 as the San Diego County Superintendent of Schools.

CFF and its Director of Development and Operations, Jane Turk-Schlosberg, have been influential in working with Dr. Gothold over the last seven years as a champion of students’ equitable access to career opportunities, bringing innovation into their classrooms, and closing the digital divide in underserved districts and schools.

Jane Turk-Schlosberg and Dr. Paul Gothold

Jane Turk-Schlosberg and Dr. Paul Gothold

Together, we’ve accomplished many initiatives with fundraising to help students, educators, and superintendents with opportunities to career technical education (CTE), providing new technology in local classrooms, and providing educational equity with CTE programs at the Linda Vista Innovation Center (LVIC).

In October 2023, Dr. Gothold announced his plans to retire in June 2024. To honor his accomplishments, leadership as a CFF Board of Directors member, mentorship, and positive influence on the educational community throughout California, CFF was tasked with leading the event planning for Dr. Gothold’s Retirement Reception at National University on Tuesday, June 4, 2024.

In attendance at the reception were the following invited speakers:

  • National University Executive VP Dr. Nancy Rohland-Heinrich
  • California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley

    Secretary Weber and Dr. Gothold


  • San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan
  • City of San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria
  • Lemon Grove City Council Councilmember Alysson Snow (with proclamation)
  • Nick Brust, presenting resolution from Senate Minority Leader Brian W. Jones
  • Willow Lance, presenting certificate from Congresswoman Sara Jacobs
  • Robson Winter, presenting resolution from California Assemblymember Tasha Boerner
  • Mayra Hernandez, presenting resolution from California Assemblymember David Alvarez
  • Dr. Paul Gothold and Mayor Todd Gloria

    Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins, presenting proclamation from San Diego County Board of Supervisors

  • Capitol Advisors Partners Kevin Gordon and Jack O’Connell
  • SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union VP Josh Smith
  • ACSA Executive Director Dr. Edgar Zazueta
  • Former Student Gloria Amaya
  • State Board of Education Member Dr. Francisco Escobedo
  • North Island Credit Union VP Gloria Rogers
  • Classroom of the Future Foundation Director Jane Turk-Schlosberg
  • San Diego County Board of Education President Alicia Muñoz
  • Dr. Paul Gothold and DA Summer Stephan

    ACSA Region 18 Superintendency Council Chair Karl Mueller

  • CSU San Marcos Department Chair of American Indian Studies Dr. Joely Proudfit
  • Representing the Gothold Family: Dr. Stuart Gothold

With over 125 guests in attendance, it was a heartfelt moment to express gratitude to Dr. Gothold for his contributions throughout his career. Many state and local representatives presented Dr. Gothold with proclamations and resolutions. Other invited speakers shared stories, achievements, and words of appreciation for the positive influence that Dr. Gothold had on them. And his family had the opportunity to hear what a special person Dr. Gothold is to our community.

Reception Photo Gallery and Sponsors

Click the image to view the event photo gallery

To see the highlights from the retirement reception and view over 150 photos, please visit the Dr. Paul Gothold’s Retirement Reception Photo Gallery.

The retirement reception was hosted at the National University Scripps Ranch office, located off the I-15 on Carroll Canyon Road. A special thank you to National University for providing CFF and the SDCOE with a beautiful venue for the event. CFF would also like to thank SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union as the Premier Sponsor of the event, who helped us provide catering and beverages for the guests. And, thank you to our long-time partner North Island Credit Union as the Gold Sponsor for their support to help bring these education, business, and community leaders together to honor Dr. Gothold.

Thank You Message from Dr. Paul Gothold

As appreciation to all of the guests, speakers, planners, and sponsors of the retirement reception, Dr. Gothold recorded a special “Thank You” message for those involved with the event and those who reached out but couldn’t attend.


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