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Eloise Reyes Preiss October 28, 1939 - February 2, 2022

October 28, 1939 – February 2, 2022

Eloise Reyes Preiss, born the eldest daughter to Stephen and Lydia Reyes in Pasadena, California. 

She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in Education and was an active member of the Delta Gamma Sorority, graduating in 1961 and later earning a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University.

Eloise Reyes Preiss was a lifelong educator.  She began her career as a GATE teacher in Fullerton, then worked in literacy development and ultimately became an elementary school principal at Palmquist Elementary in Yucaipa and then Mission Elementary in Oceanside before moving to the Central Valley.

In 1985 she accepted a position as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Turlock Unified School District and moved from Southern California to the Valley with her husband Richard Preiss. In this position she led many initiatives including implementing the Wakefield Community Services Center. She assisted with the implementation of the Osborn School Two-way Spanish Immersion program and was an ardent supporter of TUSD’s music programs which earned her the highest honor bestowed by the statewide Music Teachers Association.  She oversaw the implementation of the TUSD GATE program and led countless other initiatives, grants, and school development projects over the years. She participated in the Hispanic Leadership Council as well and was highly responsive to the needs of the community as an educator, leader, and citizen.  

Eloise is survived by her daughters, Kimberly Cerda and Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio, her grandchildren, Brandon and Mia, and her sister and brother in-law Susie and Danny Lickness and their children and grandchildren.

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  1. Pat Barker says

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I worked with Eloise at TUSD; she definitely made a mark with her peers and coworkers. Please rely on all of those great memories.

  2. Ms. Linda says

    Eloise was a LADY who broke the glass ceiling for women coming in to the educational arena. She was tough and willing to turn over rocks to ensure students were receiving appropriate services. God bless her soul! Sending prayers of comfort to her loved ones!

  3. Ann Nicastro says

    Eloise was a wonderful person in addition to being intelligent, thoughtful and kind. I worked with her for about 5 years and I have never been treated so well as I was by her.
    I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I will always remember her .

  4. Tami Truax says

    I was always in awe in her presence: so articulate, bright and innovative.

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