Gary F. Dei Rossi Ed.D.


A dedicated educator for over 35 years, Gary Dei Rossi has taught history, reading, math, physical education, and drama. His love for education led to serving on many district curriculum committees and designing an innovative classroom. In 1979, Gary was selected as Young Teacher of the Year recognition of the first district wide computer awareness program he started. But that was only the beginning. He also kicked off a bilingual migrant program, directed a $1.6 million modernization project, and had the highest 8th grade California Assessment Program (CAP) scores in 22 counties. Adding to his many credits, Gary started the professional development center and the Teachers College of San Joaquin (TCSJ). During his time with San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE), Gary rose in the ranks from Director of Curriculum to Deputy Superintendent for Educational Services. He is credited with revitalizing the Program Quality Review (PQR) process and developing the History of San Joaquin County Curriculum. He also assisted many student groups including the Academic Decathlon, Mock Trial, Spelling Bee, Honor Bands, and choirs. Just to give a sense of his dedication, for over 20 years Gary has served as the Super Quiz Master for the Academic Decathlon and as the emcee for the High School and Middle School Honor Bands and choirs. Gary also coached boys' basketball at Lincoln Elementary, varsity soccer at Manteca and East Union High Schools, and sophomore baseball. He even coached both the girls’ softball and track as they were crowned Acorn League champions – not once, but twice. After retiring from education, Gary did not stray far from his love of education and began writing children’s books. He co-wrote The ABC Book of San Joaquin County, 2013, and wrote the Napping Quilt, 2016.