08/03/2011 04:52AM ● Published by Style
Photo by Dante Fontana
When Susan Goto was sent to a Japanese internment camp at 9 years old in 1942, she had no concept of the value of a good education.
She remembers vividly her struggle to educate herself during her six years in the camp, noting that: “The teachers we had were often not credentialed. They were brought in because they couldn’t get jobs.” The experience inspired her true passion for education, and Goto went on to a successful, 25-year career as an elementary school teacher in Roseville.
Now retired from teaching, Goto has moved on to become president of the Roseville City School District Board of Trust and works tirelessly to improve the quality of education in Roseville by building new schools, updating older facilities, and bringing new technologies into the classroom. She is also an advocate for physical education and nutrition programs; she hopes to create a bright, healthy future for all children in the district, including her two grandchildren. And luckily for the residents of Roseville, Goto has no plans to retire from public life anytime soon. “I love the connection I make with people in the community,” she explains. “It keeps me happy and going.”
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