My road in life has been direct.
Deciding to attend a master's / teacher certification program at the Stanford Graduate School of Education instead of pursuing a doctoral degree in Spanish.
Deciding to pursue additional graduation education by attending law school instead of immediately joining the work force as a classroom teacher.
Leaving the private practice of law after only one year to gain experience as an administrator in a large public school district.
Returning to the private practice of law to gain experience representing public schools and colleges
Turning down the opportunity to be a partner at my law firm to take a position in higher education administration.
Taking the biggest risk of my life by accepting an appointment as superintendent of the first new school district to be created in over 100 years.
Staying strong in the face of intense public scrutiny and criticism during my tenure as superintendent.
Leaving public education to take a non-traditional education role in the private sector in order to focus my efforts on students in poverty.


Vice President, Education & Training

I provide leadership and support to teachers and instructional leaders to Job Corps centers across the United States.

Career Roadmap

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Helping People

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Education is still by and large a very traditional field in terms of the credentials, qualifications, and experience one needs to succeed. Consequently, while it is possible to obtain high-level leadership positions through a non-traditional route, it is difficult. I would therefore recommend that someone desiring to enter the field of educational administration, whether in the public or private sector, first obtain a teaching certificate and at least 1-2 years of classroom teaching experience

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

"Early in my career I was told that I would never become a superintendent or high-level educational leaders unless I followed a traditional path of serving as an assistant principal, then a principal, and then a district-office administrator."

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