Superintendents address “Preparing our Students for College and Career in the 21st Century.”
- April 8, 2016
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Superintendents To discuss steps For student futures
The Tuesday, April 26 Business Briefing Luncheon of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade will provide attendees with a rare opportunity to hear in one place top executives of public elementary and high school districts in the region.
A panel representing the Antelope Valley Superintendents Association (AVSA) will address insights to the topic, “Preparing our Students for College and Career in the 21st Century.”
AVSA is comprised of the Antelope Valley Union High School District and Eastside, Gorman, Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes, Keppel, Lancaster, Palmdale, Westside and Wilsona elementary school districts. In combination, the districts geographically cover about 1,700 square miles and collectively educate a diverse student population of approximately 80,000 students in K-12 grades.
The Antelope Valley Board of Trade arranged this program in keeping with its mission to support regional prosperity through constant improvements in public education to attract investment and assure a highly educated and skilled workforce,
Business Briefing admission is $20 per person with reservation by close of business on April 25, or $25 at the door of the Hellenic Center in Lancaster. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., with the program beginning at noon and ending at 1 p.m.
Superintendents scheduled to take part in the panel presentation are: David Vierra, Antelope Valley Union High School District; Mark Marshall, Eastside Union School District; Joe Andrews, Superintendent with the Gorman District; Steve Martinez, Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union School District; Vishna Herrity, Keppel Union School District; Michelle Bowers, Lancaster School District; Raul Maldonado, Palmdale School District; Regina Rossall, Westside Union School District, and Teri Grey, Wilsona School District.
Bios for our Superintendents who will be presenting at the April 26th luncheon
DAVID J. VIERRA, Superintendent, AV Union High School District
Dr. Vierra is a native of the Antelope Valley. He was born and raised in Lancaster and attended Antelope Valley High School and Antelope Valley Community College. He has since received a Bachelors degree and teaching credential from Cal State Northridge, a Master’s Degree from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Vierra taught for several years, including a three-year tour with the Department of Defense, teaching military dependents in Germany. Currently, he is with the Antelope Valley Union High School District, where he has served for the past twenty eight years as teacher, administrator and for the fourteen years, as Superintendent.
DR. MARK MARSHALL, Superintendent, Eastside Union School District
Dr. Mark Marshall oversees all aspects of the Eastside Union School District, which includes nearly 3500 students, 300 employees, and a budget of roughly $34 million. He joined the Eastside Union School District in May 2010 as the Director (Assistant Superintendent) of Student Services, Special Education, and Alternative Education. Dr. Marshall was appointed Interim Superintendent on February 15, 2012 and the Eastside Union School District Board of Trustees unanimously selected Dr. Marshall as its permanent Superintendent in May of the same year.
Dr. Marshall was born and raised in Houma, Louisiana. He has served as an educator for nearly 30 years. Prior to his tenure in the Eastside Union School District, he has held the positions of Special Education Teacher, Special Education Supervisor, Assistant Principal, Middle School Principal, and High School Principal.
Dr. Marshall earned his BA and M.Ed. Degrees in Special Education at Nicholls State University; he completed his administrative certification and Ed. S. Degree at the University of West Georgia, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Auburn University. He has also completed post doctoral study at Western Washington University and the University of California Los Angeles-Extension.
As a classroom teacher and administrator, Dr. Marshall has received numerous accolades and has been a featured presenter at local, State and National Conferences. He is equally involved in civic and community associations and organizations. In addition to his work with the City of Lancaster Tapestry Commission, he is an active member of the Lancaster Kiwanis Club and holds membership in the Auburn University Alumni Association, the High Desert Alliance of Black School Educators, Nicholls State University Alumni Federation, and the University of West Georgia Alumni Association. In his spare time, Dr. Marshall enjoys music, traveling, and working out.
VISHNA A. HERRITY, PH. D., INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT,KEPPEL UNION SCHOOL DISTIRCT
Dr. Vishna A. Herrity was born in Zagreb, Croatia. She immigrated to the United States at the age of eight and grew up in Euclid, Ohio. She is trilingual and has worked as an educator and administrator for 43 years serving culturally and linguistically diverse students and families. Vishna Herrity was appointed by the Keppel Board of Trustees as the Interim Superintendent of the Keppel Union School District. She served as the Principal of Daisy Gibson Elementary School for five years. Prior to that, she worked as the Executive Director of the Main Family Resource Center of Carpinteria. She also served as the Executive Director of the Gevirtz Research Center, in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, at the University of California Santa Barbara for 11 years. Dr. Herrity also worked as an Elementary Principal and District Coordinator of Bilingual, Migrant, Title VII, Technology, and Preschool Programs in the Moorpark Unified School District for 10 years. Her educational experiences in California started in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) where she worked as a Bilingual Teacher and Bilingual Coordinator serving culturally diverse students. She also served as the Region Adviser for School Improvement and Title I Programs in LAUSD.
All of these experiences in education have shaped Vishna Herrity’s vision for educational success in the Keppel Union School District. Dr. Herrity’s vision is that all students will reach high levels of academic achievement, master State content standards, think critically, work collaboratively, engage in problem-solving skills, and be ready for college and future careers. Ultimately, she wants all students to become global learners who possess 21st Century skills and contribute positively to the global community. In an effort to achieve this vision, she established the STEAM Education Initiative, Project Lead the Way, and the Parent Project. Dr. Herrity believes that parents are full partners in the education of their children. She works diligently to create positive school environments where the teachers, staff, parents, and community members work in collaboration to promote high levels of learning for all students.
RAUL MALDONADO, Superintendent of Schools, Palmdale School District
Raul Maldonado was named Superintendent of Schools for the Palmdale School District in May 2014. Mr. Maldonado is well known throughout California as an innovative and inspirational leader. He is experienced in transforming school and district culture and has a proven record of improving student achievement. He sets high expectations, strategically allocates resources, and provides continuous support and multiple opportunities for collaboration, and he holds high expectations for all stakeholders. He believes all students should receive the best educational opportunities utilizing a rigorous curriculum delivered using effective research-based strategies and 21st century skills that will prepare students to be successful and to graduate college and be career ready. Recently, Mr. Maldonado has been working on developing “Pathways” by collaborating with high school programs.
Mr. Maldonado has been an Antelope Valley resident since 1994. He is very involved in the community and enjoys working with community member, parents and students. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Isabel, for 24 years. Together they have four children, two in college and two attending Highland High School. His four children attended elementary school in the Palmdale School District and completed the Dual Language program at Los Amigos School through eighth grade.
Mr. Maldonado received his Bachelor Degree and Master’s Degree from California State University, Los Angeles. He holds a Multiple Subject Credential and a Clear Administrative Services Credential from the same university.
REGINA ROSSALL – Westside Union School District
Regina Rossall is Superintendent of Schools for the Westside Union School District. Additionally, she is a partner in Pat Rossall, State Farm Insurance. Gina is a long-term resident of the Antelope Valley and remains active in the community. She is the Past President of the Lancaster West Rotary, Alpha Charter Guild to Antelope Valley Hospital and Valley View PTA.
She is a board member of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, South Antelope Valley Education Foundation, Boys & Girls Club and Antelope Valley College Foundation. She holds a BA in Political Science and a MA in Secondary Education. Regina believes that serving on the Board of Directors for the Antelope Valley Board of Trade will provide a powerful opportunity to ensure the alignment of educational opportunities in the region with the unique needs of the local economy.
TERESA GREY – Wilsona School District, Superintendent
Teresa A. Grey is in her seventh year as the Superintendent of the Wilsona School District. Due to the size of the Wilsona School District, she concurrently serves as the Director of Human Resources, Special Education Director, Curriculum and Technology Director, Director of State and Federal Programs as well as all other duties any larger District would have Assistant Superintendents perform. She previously served as the Interim Administrator in Charge for the District. Prior to that, she was the Principal of Vista San Gabriel Elementary for six years. Mrs. Grey developed and ran the District’s reading lab for six years as the Reading Specialist and Assistant to the Principal. She has served as the site and District English Learner Coordinator, Testing Coordinator, Professional Development Provider, Mentor Teacher and Administrative Assistant. Mrs. Grey joined the Wilsona School District in 1985 as a classroom teacher. She was named Wilsona School District’s 1997-1998 Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Grey received her B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Northridge. She received her M.A. in Educational Administration from California State University, Bakersfield. She also holds a Reading Specialist Certificate and a Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development (CLAD) Certificate.
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