For the 26th consecutive year, three Dixon women have been honored through the Mother of the Year program hosted by Dixon’s Independent Voice.
Theresa Loarca, who was nominated by her daughter Sofia, is this year’s Dixon Mother of the Year. Theresa has taught elementary school in Dixon for over 25 years – both at Silveyville and Anderson schools.
Theresa was born in Paris, France while her father was there while serving in the US Air Force. According to Sofia, Theresa as “aln air force brat” was constantly relocating requiring her to readjust her life frequently. Once her family settled in California, Theresa pursued her dream to learn a second language – attending Sacramento State and studying in Mexico where she learned Spanish. She developed a passion for teaching.
Theresa developed relationships with Dixon’s Spanish speaking community and strives to make connections with her students and their families.
Theresa actively serves others by starting fundraiser, caring for the sick; buying groceries for families in need, and of course welcoming and praying for others.
“I have looked to my mom for guidance and she has yet to fail me,” wrote Sofia in her nominating essay, “I am beyond lucky to have this women in my life and I hope you see how beautiful she is.”
Janet Doane, nominated by her husband Terry, “because of her character, patience and being such a forgiving woman. Terry pointed to the challenges they faced early in there marriage due to his service in the Navy and his following career as a peace officer and continuing in the Navy Reserves for over 21 years.
“God blesses us with a daughter and son which Janet raised during my absence due to my careers,” Terry wrote, “When our children were young, she would volunteer to work in their classrooms and help supervise on field trips.
Janet has been home schooling their 16 year old son, while still carrying on the daily tasks of home-making.
Janet volunteers up to 40 hours a week for Worldwide Marriage Encounter, which is designed to help strengthen traditional marriages.
Julie Galindo was nominated by her 4th Grade son Andrew. He praises his mom to always finding time for him and his two brothers and all their activities. He also points to her helping with his homework, which is especially challenging because of his learning disability.
Andrew appreciates his mom taking him to church “I learned that Jesus loves us just how we are. I believe that’s how my mom loves me, when I am good and when I am not so good.”
“My mom is the center of my world, when I fall down and get hurt, when I am sick, and whe4n I’ve had a bad day at school. My mom is the best, and I love her.”
The three moms were selected for the Mother of the Year honors from dozens who were nominated by essays. The honorees and all those nominated exemplify the highest virtues of motherhood.
The honorees – Theresa, Janet and Julie, will ride in the May Fair Parade this Saturday.