Francisco Escobedo

escobedo Dr. Francisco Escobedo has served in education for the better part of 22 years. He is a former Assistant Superintendent, Educational Leadership, in the South Bay Union School District, Imperial Beach, California. His experiences include serving as a principal research analyst for the American Institute of Research, as well as California Regional Vice-President of Achievement/Operations for Edison Schools. He has also served as a principal in CVESD at then-Mae L. Feaster-Edison Charter (now Mae L. Feaster Charter) and in the National School District at John A. Otis School.

Justin Cunningham

cunningham With a 37-year career in elementary through university education as a teacher, coach, administrator, and adjunct professor, Dr. Justin Cunningham brings a wealth of experience to his current role as Superintendent of the Bonsall Union School District. He has also worked in rural, suburban, and urban schools. He was the Chair of the Writing Committee for the 1993 Health Framework for California Public Schools, and in 1999 the California Department of Education identified him as a Distinguished Educator for his work in improving student learning in low-performing schools. Raised in San Diego County, Dr. Cunningham is a graduate of San Diego State University, California State University Bakersfield, and United States International University, where his doctoral work focused on the application of brain research to classroom practice. Dr. Cunningham is sought internationally as a speaker in the areas of brain research, integrated curriculum, health, school improvement, and strategic planning. He is delighted to be involved in Welcoming Practices and looks forward to creating supportive military-connected schools.

Hugo Pedroza

Pedroza Hugo A. Pedroza has been an educator for over 30 years. His career started as an English/ Social Studies teacher at Belmont High School in Los Angeles, at that time the largest high school in the country with almost 6,000 students, mostly English Learners. During his time as a teacher, he also taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults, who were also new to the country, many of whom were the parents of the students he was teaching in the regular high school program. His experience with teaching English and knowledge of technology was such, that he was asked to develop the first web-based Distance Learning program for adults, English For All. At the height of its web presence, English For All received over one million “hits” a month from students all over the world. Dr. Pedroza was an assistant principal for 3 years at Lincoln High School in Northeast Los Angeles. He then became the principal at Manual Arts High School, a high need school located in South Central Los Angeles. After more than 20 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District, he became the Chief Educational Officer/Principal of Santa Monica High School, where he remained until June of 2011. During his time in Santa Monica, he lead the school past the 800 API target and laid the groundwork for further success after his departure. In July 2011, he was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the Lompoc Unified School District, a job he held until August of 2014. Currently, Dr. Pedroza is in his first year as Superintendent of the Fallbrook Union High School District.

Dr. Pedroza’s education includes

  • AA from Southwestern College – General Studies/Sociology
  • BA from UCLA – Political Science
  • MEd from UCLA – Bilingual Multi-Cultural Education
  • MEd from UCLA – Administrative Studies
  • PhD from UCLA – Policy Studies

Duane Coleman

coleman A graduate of Oceanside High School, Dr. Coleman worked as a classroom teacher in the Oceanside Unified School District prior to entering into administration. He has served in a leadership capacity for both OUSD and San Dieguito and prior to his appointment as Superintendent, Dr. Coleman served as the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services for OUSD.

Tim Ritter

ritter Mr. Tim Ritter is the superintendent of Temecula Valley Unified School District. His career in education spans more than 25 years. He has served as a high school biology teacher, principal of Chaparral High School and Great Oak High School, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Support Services (ESS), and Deputy Superintendent of ESS.