Daryl Thiesen, program coordinator for county school kids, dies


Daryl Thiesen, a longtime coordinator for prevention programs in Kern County schools, has died.

Thiesen worked in the Superintendent of School office for more than 20 years.

He died from complications related to ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

His goal was to create positive outcomes for struggling students. Those programs targeted issues like truancy, absenteeism and substance abuse among others.

He also was a program specialist for special education. In a statement, Superintendent Mary Barlow said Thiesen’s core values included his faith his family and the community he served.

In December, Thiesen was also announced as a recipient of the Wendy Wayne Ethics Award, at CSU Bakersfield.

The award ceremony is scheduled for March.

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