The 2017-18 school year may be my first as OUSD Superintendent, but I am no stranger to the city of Oakland or the District. I was born and raised in East Oakland, attended Montclair Elementary and Montera Middle schools, and have spent my entire professional career working in OUSD.
For the last eighteen years, I have developed my skills as both an educator and adminstrator and served students in several capacities including: elementary school teacher; middle school assistant principal; elementary school principal; Director of Talent Development; Associate Superintendent for Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction; Network Superintendent and, most recently, as Interim Deputy Superintendent. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead OUSD educators in service of young people right here in my hometown.
I know we have work to do before every student across the District reaches their full potential. As an Oakland native, I have seen firsthand the strength of this community and the dedication of our educators. The time is now to turn our good intentions into strong results. Together, we can transform OUSD from a school district showing areas of improvement and pockets of success to one that is known for consistent excellence and equity, transparent and honest communication, and quality schools in every neighborhood.
BA, Communications, University of Pennsylvania
EdD, Educational Leadership, University of California, Berkeley