Kern County Office
1200 21St St. Suite B
Bakersfield CA 93301
Tel: 661-325-5292 Fax: 661-325-4897
PIQE Kern County regional officewas founded in 2004. Since its inception, the Kern County office has served over 89 schools in 28 districts within the counties of Kern, Tulare, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. The Kern County office has graduated more than 15,000 parents from PIQE’s programs, thus enhancing the education of approximately 45,000 students.
Sonia Rodriguez – Executive Director
Sonia C. Rodriguez serves as Executive Director of PIQE’s Kern County Regional Office. As Executive Director, she provides leadership and guidance by analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of operations. Ms. Rodriguez also maintains proper organizational structure and effective personnel, partnering closely with senior management to plan the future growth of PIQE’s presence in the region, as well as its strategic response to education and industry trends. Ms. Rodriguez is also PIQE’s Chief Operational Officer (COO).
Before assuming her current responsibilities, Ms. Rodriguez served as Executive Vice President for Education of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, President and CEO of Education Associates of America, and President and CEO of the LAAMP/LEARN Regional Education Reform Alliance in Los Angeles. She joined the Office of California Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin as Chief Advisor and Policy Coordinator and later served as Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instructional Leadership. In the administration of former Texas Governor Ann Richards, Ms. Rodriguez served as Secretary of Education for the Office of the Governor. She was appointed Vice Chair of President Bill Clinton’s White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. Ms. Rodriguez also served as Chief Liaison at the National Center on Education and the Economy in New York and as a consultant to the National Alliance for Restructuring Education. A member emeritus of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Ms. Rodriguez has worked as a teacher, reading specialist, principal, and administrator in school districts in Texas and Colorado. She has a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Rochester.
Ms. Rodriguez lives in Keene, California, adjacent to the Cesar Chavez National Monument, with her husband, Arturo S. Rodriguez, President of the United Farm Workers. Together, they have dedicated their careers to improving the lives of the most underserved and underrepresented families in the country.