The Cabrillo Unified School District governing board has selected Sean McPhetridge as the finalist to be the district’s next superintendent. He is slated to begin his position on July 15.

McPhetridge will leverage a robust background in education in his new role. After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, he received his master’s degree in education from Claremont Graduate University and his administrative credentials from California State University, Sacramento. McPhetridge also received a doctorate in education from Harvard University.

Since 2014, McPhetridge has served as superintendent for the Alameda Unified School District. Prior to that, he worked as assistant superintendent for the district, and in other administrative roles.

During his time at Alameda Unified School District, McPhetridge created new programs for early college and career education, launched supports for English learners and expanded multi-lingual family engagement programs. He also established curricula that focused on social-emotional well being, as well as restorative discipline practices for the district’s students.

Throughout his nearly 30-year career, McPhetridge, who is fluent in Spanish, has served as an English and Spanish teacher, in addition to stints as a vice principal and principal. He’s also worked as an English as a second language teacher and college coordinator at San Quentin State Prison.

“It is my honor to join CUSD,” said McPhetridge in a prepared statement. “I’m excited to establish and build relationships with students, families, staff and the community. I am humbled by the board of education’s selection, and I look forward to collaborating with others in support of Coastside students.”

The board is set to approve McPhetridge’s appointment at the May 16 board meeting. Cabrillo officials collected input regarding the new superintendent through sessions with administrators and staff, a community open forum and an online survey. That information was then leveraged by Leadership Associates, a recruitment firm, as they sought candidates for the position.

“Dr. McPhetridge is an experienced, collaborative school district leader who believes strongly in the importance of equity in education,” said Board President Sophia Layne in a prepared statement. “(He) has a proven track record of successfully engaging teachers, staff and students.”

The district will schedule a meet-and-greet opportunity for students, parents, staff and the school community before the end of the current school year.

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