Congratulating Karl Kildowby Representative David G. Valadao
Posted on 2015-02-12
in the house of representatives
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Mr. VALADAO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Karl Kildow on
his retirement after 38 years of working in the education industry as
both an educator and an advocate.
Mr. Kildow was born in San Diego, California and spent his youth in San Diego and Tustin, California. After completing his high school education, Mr. Kildow attended California State University Fullerton, where he received a degree in Social Science.
After college, Mr. Kildow dedicated his life to the noble profession of teaching. His first teaching job was at Needles High School in Needles, California. While there, he taught English, mathematics, history, and physical education and coached the school's basketball team. In addition launching his career as an educator in Needles, he also met his wife Sandy there.
Mr. Kildow settled in Visalia where he taught at Divisidero Middle School, Mt. Whitney High School, and Redwood High School teaching English, for 1 year, 18 years, and 8 years, respectively. During this time period he received an English credential and got involved in the Visalia Unified Teachers Association (VUTA) and the National Educators Association (NEA).
[[Page E202]] He served as the President of the VUTA for 12 years and currently is an NEA Director.
After 38 years of teaching and advocating on behalf of students and teachers alike, Mr. Kildow will be retiring later this year.
Educators and students throughout the Central Valley of California have been extremely fortunate to have had someone as talented and dedicated as Mr. Kildow working on their behalf. Mr. Kildow touched the lives of countless individuals throughout his career. The Central Valley has benefitted greatly from his insight and perspective.
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues in the United States House of Representatives to join me in commending Karl Kildow for his 38 years of dedicated public service as an educator in the Central Valley and congratulating him on his recent retirement.