June 13, 2018 - The Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) Board of Education honored five outstanding individuals as the 2018 inductees into BCSD Hall of Fame. Recipients of this honor consist of former students who are notable for their professional accomplishments and community members who have distinguished themselves by their service to the District.
The 2018 BCSD Hall of Fame Inductees are: Mr. Adam Alvidrez, Chevron Corporation, for his work with the Project Lead the Way at BCSD Schools. Chief Lyle Martin, former BCSD student and now Chief of the Bakersfield City Police Department. Mr. Bill McDougle, former BCSD Student, Retired BCSD Administrator and former BCSD Board Member. Dr. Daniel Sheehy, former BCSD Student, now Director & Curator Emeritus, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and Former Director, Smithsonian Center for Folk life and Cultural Heritage. Michelle Spencer, former BCSD Student, and now a Colonel in the United States Army.
They were honored by family, friends, and the community during an awards banquet on the evening of June 8, 2018 at the Bakersfield Country Club.
Inductees are permanently honored through the BCSD Hall of Fame display, located in the Board Room Lobby at the Education Center, 1300 Baker Street.
Special thanks to the sponsors of the event: Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Chevron, TETER, Sierra Printers, Porter & Associates, and SUN-GRO Commodities.
Below, the biographies of our inductees with a description of their achievements and contributions.
Adam Alvidrez is a Community Engagement Specialist for Chevron’s Policy, Government & Public Affairs Division in Bakersfield. A Shafter native, Adam brings nearly 20 years of public administration, community relations and results-driven program implementation to help Chevron achieve long term business goals in the communities where the company operates.
During his tenure, Adam has helped Chevron invest tens of millions of dollars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education initiatives which help to prepare students to become more competitive in a global economy. Through his leadership, Adam expanded Project Lead the Way (PLTW) STEM programs from 1 to 40 schools in seven years, and has helped hundreds of educators obtain materials and supplies for their classroom in partnership with DonorsChoose.org. Additionally, he helped develop and implement the first mobile science lending library: Science 4 Kern. A partnership with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Science 4 Kern benefits thousands of students and hundreds of teachers across the county.
The Bakersfield City School District has benefitted greatly from Adam’s efforts to promote and enhance STEM education. His work through Chevron has provided BCSD with more than $600,000 in grant funding for BCSD’s PLTW Gateway program and helped the District to become a permanent line item in their funding formula. In addition, Adam is an advocate for the Fuel Your School Campaign which has directly benefitted BCSD classrooms. In addition, Adam is continually communicating the potential funding sources for BCSD teachers and commits to philanthropic opportunities for the students in our District. BCSD was proud to host Adam as the keynote speaker at this year’s OD Williams Awards.
Adam is a champion for BCSD students, and we honor him and thank him for his support.
Bill McDougle was born and raised in Bakersfield and is a product of the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD). He attended Williams Elementary School, Washington Middle School for seventh grade, and Chipman Junior High School for eighth grade, where he was a member of the school’s basketball team.
Upon completing his higher education, Bill returned to BCSD to pursue his professional career. After student teaching at Noble Elementary, he obtained his first teaching assignment in a sixth grade classroom at McKinley Elementary. In 1968, he transferred to Washington Junior High School and taught English and Reading while volunteering with after school sports. In 1969, he made the decision to be a member of the original staff at Chipman Junior High where he taught Social Science. In 1989, Bill was selected by the State Board of Education for membership into the California Education Department Science Implementation Network. By 1990, he was the Chipman Science Department Chair and helped to start and organize the annual Science Fair. He became Vice Principal at Chipman in 1991, and was instrumental in the recognition of the school as a California Distinguished School.
In 2006, he helped to support the efforts to get voters to approve Measure G School Bond for BCSD and served on the Bond Oversight Committee. He was elected to serve on the BCSD Board of Education in December 2008 where he served until 2015. During his tenure, he worked to ensure that every student was given the opportunity for a quality education and was part of the campaign for the Local Control Accountability Plan to ensure funding equity.
After his retirement, Bill moved to Oregon where he now serves on the school board in Florence, Today we honor him for inspiring hundreds of students, colleagues, and community members in his 50 year career at the Bakersfield City School District.
Lyle Martin was selected as the 20th Chief of Police for the Bakersfield Police Department in December of 2016. Chief Martin has worked for the Bakersfield Police Department for 29 years. His experience includes serving as a street level narcotics officer, motorcycle officer, homicide detective, Special Enforcement Unit Sergeant and Lieutenant, SWAT operator and SWAT team leader.
Chief Martin is a product of the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) having attended Franklin Elementary, Casa Loma Elementary, and Emerson Middle Schools. He earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration and has completed course work toward his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership.
Chief Martin is a recognized Subject Matter Expert in Law Enforcement Executive Management Development by California Peace Officers’ Standards and Training (POST). He was a planning committee member and is a graduate of the first cohort of the California Police Chiefs’ Executive Leadership Institute at Drucker. Chief Martin is dedicated to public safety and quality of life issues in our community.
BCSD entered into an agreement with BPD several months ago to provide two Resource Officers to serve BCSD schools and help support the District’s attendance efforts and school safety. Chief Martin was instrumental in the implementation of this partnership which has proven to be of great support to the students and staff in our District.
We honor him for his career success, his efforts in making our community a better place, and his continued support of BCSD students.
Dr. Daniel Sheehy served as the Director and Curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (2000-2016), the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, and its educational website offering information and recordings of traditional music from around the world. He concurrently served as Director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and, from 2008 to 2009, as the Acting Director of the Smithsonian Latino Center. When he retired from Folkways in 2016, the Secretary of the Smithsonian awarded him the lifetime title of Curator Emeritus.
Dr. Sheehy has produced many music publications and recordings. Throughout his career, he has been honored with many prestigious awards and recognitions including three Grammy awards and six additional Grammy nominations as a producer while he served as Director and Curator of Smithsonian Folkways. His nonprofit board service includes the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (Board President), the National Council for the Traditional Arts, and the Association for Cultural Equity in New York City.
We honor him for his impressive career that has brought distinction to BCSD and its Music Program.
Michele Spencer is a product of the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) having attended Emerson Middle School. She holds a Master's degree in Exercise Science/Health Promotion and is a Registered Yoga Teacher.
Michele is currently serving as an Army Reserve Colonel with over 31 years in the Army Medical Department, assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is a decorated Operation Iraqi Freedom Combat Veteran and Author of the bestselling inspirational memoir “B.A.G.H.D.A.D. Yoga A Shift in Consciousness: Fear to Love, War to Peace.”
Michele has been featured on CNN, NPR, Armed Forces Network and in Health and Prevention Magazines. Recipient of many awards including the Miss Black Bakersfield and The Order of Military Medical Merit.
When asked to describe herself, Michele used the following words: “Lover, Creative, ART-ivist, SOUL-dier, Peaceful Warrior, Divine-ness, Humble Servant, Joyful, Passionate, Gracious, Grateful, Daughter, Sister, Mother, Friend, and Child of God.”
Her Manifesto is “Show-up, SERVE, Share, Shine!” And that she has! And we are proud to honor her for it.Congratulations to our 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees and thank you for your contributions!