New scholarship created to honor math teacher
“At age 94, in the last few months of his life, I asked my dad what he would change if he could go back and do things differently.” He said ‘I should have never quit teaching’,” said Steve Trombetta, a Colfax High math teacher.
His father, Ed Trombetta taught mathematics at Placer Union High School and Sierra College for a total of 57 years, Trombetta said.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Trombetta taught at Colfax High School for 29 years. He officially retired last week and now the Colfax community is planning a fundraiser in his honor.
Trombetta was raised in the Auburn community and attended Placer Union High School, according to Rick Brown, a long-time friend and former colleague.
Trombetta’s gift is that he is extremely authentic, trustworthy, and committed to young people, according to Brown.
“When we worked together, I was proud to be on the same staff as Steve,” Brown said.
The Colfax High School Falcon Foundation is sponsoring a fundraiser this Saturday, June 23, for the Trombetta Scholarship, according to Betty Wells, committee chairman of the event.
The scholarship funds will go to Colfax High School students and school programs, according to Wells. Scholarship amounts will depend on how much money is raised. A portion of the funds will be set aside for student scholarships, and the rest will help subsidize other programs at the school because they are in need of supplies and funding, according to Wells.
“Teachers will be able to submit scholarship requests for what they need in their classrooms,” she said.
This will be the first fundraiser for the Trombetta Scholarship. Wells said the intention of the fundraiser is to honor Trombetta and provide a vehicle to invite past alumni and their families to come together, have fun and support the school at the same time.
Trombetta said that he is honored to have a scholarship in his name.
“I hope it goes to a kid who has worked really hard to improve over their four years at Colfax,” Trombetta said.
In his many years of teaching he has enjoyed knowing the different personalities of the students, he said. When kids reach the high school age, they don’t always look to their parents for advice, he said. But young people still need an older person as a guide in their life so it was natural for him to do this for his students, he added.
Trombetta said he has really enjoyed meeting families, not just the students and the parents, but siblings, aunts and other relatives.
“Little by little you fill in the story lines,” he said.
He has also had the experience of teaching different generations of the same families, he said.
Trombetta is looking forward to seeing former students and their families at the upcoming fundraiser.
“I’m going to miss the wonderful students and their families. They’ve been the best part of the job. I will miss having new faces in my room every year,” Trombetta said.
Trombetta Scholarship Fundraiser
When: 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 23
Where: Sierra Vista Community Center in Colfax
Tickets: $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Buy them at Café Vista, TJ’s Roadhouse, or through Betty Wells
Phone: (530) 388-0848