I was appointed El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools in
January, right as there were dramatic changes happening with the
local control funding formula, local control accountability
plans, new state standards, and the new smarter balance
assessment consortium. With that much change, we have a unique
opportunity as regional leaders to look at how to create the best
conditions for students anywhere from pre-K to higher education.
The work I’m doing now always goes back to my EdD. I chose the
CANDEL EdD program while I was a high school principal because I
wanted an opportunity to reflect deeply about how to create an
effective educational system. The faculty really pushed us to
“think about your thinking,” and I’m still constantly thinking
about our practices, why we do what we do, and the implications
for not only one child, but for a school, a community, and all of
I was in Cohort 1 of the program, and today members of that
cohort are leaders in the California Community Colleges, the
California Department of Education, the State Board of Education,
the K-12 system—pick any point on the continuum, and we’re
involved at multiple levels far beyond a local district. We’re at
the epicenter of change in Sacramento.
We wanted to develop a cross-section of leaders who could make
system change…and it’s happening now.