As a recently retired continuation high school principal from Southern California, I understand the challenges, the highs, and lows of building a learning community of excellence. During my nearly 20 years at Jereann Bowman High School, a Title I school, we increased graduation from 26 students a year to 300 graduates. We sustained a 97% graduation rate with 80% of our graduates attending universities, community colleges, technical and art schools or joining the military. During my term Bowman earned a 6-year, clear accreditation. Bowman first achieved California Model Continuation School status in my second year as an administrator and remains a Model School to this day.
I am proud that we leveraged funding to include two full time academic counselors and a full-time therapist, an on-site social worker, and DIS counselors. All staff, from teachers to office support and campus supervisors were trained in Trauma Informed Practices. The list of expanded electives included: AP Computer Science; ACTION (substance abuse intervention); Digital Music; Guitar; Culinary Arts (career pathway); Equine Therapy; Teen Leadership; ERWC (Cal State Northridge Writing Project); Theater Arts; and a Paxton Patterson STEM lab (career pathways).
I have been an active member of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) since 1999, serving as President, ACSA Continuation Principal of the Year, California Education Association Administrator of the Year (CEA); and State California League of High Schools Educator of the Year honoree.
My commitments to “of promise” students remains steadfast and in the forefront of my life. It is part of who I am. Currently, I am in the application process to volunteer with the 2,000 unaccompanied, immigrant minors soon to be relocated to the Long Beach Convention Center. My mission is to ensure that these children receive the critical services and support they deserve.
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