Raul Romero, Sr., passed away April 29, 2023. He worked for the department for over 30 years, retiring in 2015.
Romero taught elementary, middle and high school as well as juvenile hall and the boys’ ranch in Sacramento before going to work for the state. He joined the California Youth Authority and remained through the transition to the Division of Juvenile Justice.
He taught school at O.H. Close and Karl Holton School in Stockton. In 1976, he became a full-time teacher and intermittent youth counselor at Washington Ridge Youth Conservation Camp in Nevada City.
He remained at the camp for 18 years while also serving on the Youth Authority Statewide Education Branch Committee for four years.
In 1990, he became a teacher at Folsom State Prison and CSP-Sacramento. Five years later, he joined the Office of Correctional Education at CDCR Headquarters, serving as Vice Principal, Principal and Assistant Superintendent overseeing 33 schools.
In 2007, he became Assistant Chief for the Office of Audits and Court Compliance. In 2011, he returned to the Office of Correctional Education as Assistant Superintendent. He retired after 38 years of public service.
He retired in 2015 after four decades of public service.