George (Joe) Handy


Joe Handy is a man who has had a variety of jobs and he has excelled at each of them. His primary profession was that of being an educator.
Throughout his career Joe worked in the lumber industry, as a grounds keeper, above group pool installer, honey bee keeper, Christmas tree farmer and bookkeeper.
Joe’s first love was teaching students in science. He was a teacher’s teacher and his students appreciated his efforts as an outstanding science teacher. For 37 years Joe taught biology, geology and life science. In addition to teaching these subjects, he promoted athleticism, leadership and respect for all. He did all of these things with positivity and humor and was liked by all who knew him.
During his 37 years as an educator, Joe coached the following sports: 12 years as a basketball coach, 5 years as a track assistant coach, 5 years as a baseball assistant coach, and 2 years as a varsity swim coach.
Joe also served 12 years as the chairperson of the Science Department at Manteca High School, 22 years as chairperson of Manteca High Curriculum Council and 12 years as master teacher for the University of California, Stanislaus, primarily mentoring future teachers.
Joe earned several awards during his time in education including Basketball Coach of the Year for Valley Oak League, Certificate of Merit from the Stockton Scottish Rite, Sigma XI for Teacher of the Year and the Summerville High School Hall of Fame.
Mr. Handy’s accomplishments have earned him an entrance into the Manteca, Lathrop, French Camp Hall of Fame. Joe typifies what a great teacher embodies.