After serving the Lennox School District community for over 28 years, I assumed the helm of the Wiseburn Unified School District on July 1, 2008. The past seven years since then have been some of the most rewarding years of my professional life. I feel blessed that my entire career in education has been spent in the South Bay as an educator. Even after 30 years in administration. I feel that I am first and foremost a teacher.
I launched my education career as a middle school social studies teacher in 1980. During the course of my career I have served as a middle school counselor, an elementary assistant principal and principal, a Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, and ten years as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. All of the above experiences were served in Lennox.
I have a passion for learning new things. I earned my Bachelors Degree in history at the University of Santa Clara, a Masters Degree in Latin American History from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. I received my doctorate in Institutional Management in 1997 from Pepperdine University.
I come from a family of educators. Three of my sisters are teachers and my wife is a first grade teacher at Anza Elementary School in Wiseburn. My wife and I have lived in Westchester for 29 years. We have four children. Amanda is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and San Diego State University (Masters), Christina graduated from the University of San Diego, Christopher is a graduate of Seattle University, and Stacey is a sophomore at Loyola Chicago. Both Christopher and Stacey attended Anza Elementary School in Wiseburn.
I believe strongly in giving back to my community, and most specifically, activities that support children. I coached Little League girls softball for ten years and I served as the Vice President of Westchester Del Rey Girls Softball League. I also coached AYSO soccer. I serve on the Board for St. Margaret's Center in Lennox and I was Chairman of the Board for Diabetic Camping and Education Services (DCES) for 9 years. DCES supports outdoor science programs for children with diabetes. I have been an active member of the Hawthorne/LAX/Lennox Rotary Club for the past fifteen years.
I love working in the field of education, and every day of my 35 year career has played an important role in my development as a superintendent. Our district has some exciting challenges in the next three years as we implement unification, make Wiseburn an outstanding K-12 unified school district and complete construction of a new Wiseburn High School that we anticipate will be ready for the 2017-2018 school year. I feel like the luckiest man in the world, as I continue to work in the wonderful Wiseburn community in taking education here to an even higher level of excellence. Come visit us in Wiseburn!