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District Leader: Transforming Education is a podcast about moving and inspiring educators and non-educators alike to believe in the power of education, its leaders, and its transformation. Each week, host Luis Valentino interviews district leaders who share their stories.
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Feb 8, 2017

My guest this week is Dr. Michael Lubelfeld, Superintendent of the Deerfield Public Schools, in Deerfield, IL.  Originally, also had Dr. Nick Polyak, Superintendent of the Leyden Community High School District #212, in Franklin Park, IL scheduled to join the conversation.  Unfortunately, he was called away, and was unable to join us.  


If the the names sound familiar, it is because both Mike and Nick were previous guests on our program.  Nick was our guest, Episode 07, and Mike was our guest, Episode 13.  I invite you to listen to these episodes.   Mike and Nick have just published  The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today, and I invited them to join me in a conversation to discuss their new book.   I am excited to have Mike on District Leader.  But before we talk with Michael, I would like to take a moment thank our sponsors.

Feb 1, 2017
My guest this week is Dr. Fred Navarro, Superintendent of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, in Costa Mesa, California A career educator, Fred  started his career as a teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District.   He has a wide range of experience having served in several positions during his career, including activities director, assistant director of human resources, middle and high school principal, and assistant superintendent of instruction.  He served as superintendent of the Lennox School District in Los Angeles County before returning the Newport-Mesa Unified School district.  At Newport-Mesa, Fred served as the principal of Costa Mesa High School and as director of secondary education at the district office, before being selected to serve as its superintendent, where he has served since August, 2012.  Fred earned his teaching credential at California State University Dominguez Hills and obtained two advanced degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Fred has been married for over 29 years to his wife Lauren and they are the proud parents of two young men, Gregory and Kevin.
Jan 25, 2017

My guest this week is retired superintendent Ricardo Medina.  Ricardo has had an extensive career in education.  He has served as teacher,  site administrator, and district leader.  Ricardo served as Superintendent with the Coachella Valley Unified School District, and the Central Union High School District in California, and the Bridgeport-Spaulding Community Schools in Michigan.  He later served as Chief Human Resource Officer with the  Alum Rock Union Elementary School District  in San Jose, California. After retiring from public education,  Ricardo joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as Vice President of Strategic Relationships.  He recently shared with me that he was retiring from this position, as well. 


Ricardo received bachelor degrees from Saginaw Valley State University and Eastern Michigan University, in Sociology and Career/Industrial Technology Education, respectively.  He obtained his Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Michigan State University.   Ricardo has led or participated in numerous leadership programs, including  the Association of California School Administrator's Superintendent’s and Personnel Academies, the University of Michigan: Center for Educational Improvement through Collaboration, and the Ohio State University: Administrative Intern Summer Residence Program.  Ricardo has received numerous awards for his service to education, and contributes to its causes as a leader and member of numerous civic and educational organizations.

Jan 18, 2017

My guest this week on District Leader is Dr. Phil Ertl, Superintendent of the Wauwatosa School District, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.  Phil has served as the Superintendent of Schools in Wauwatosa School District, in Wisconsin, since 2005. Wauwatosa is an inner ring suburb of Milwaukee that serves a diverse student population of 7,300 students.  Phil started his career in education as a teacher and coach in the Marble Falls Independent School District in Texas and the Tomah Area School District in Wisconsin.  He was a middle school principal in the Menasha Joint School District in Wisconsin, as well as an associate principal at the High School in Menasha.  Prior to his superintendency in Wauwatosa, Phil was the Superintendent of the Kiel Area School District, where he served for 5 years.    Phil obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, at LaCrosse, and his master’s degree in educational administration from Winona State University.  He received his doctoral degree in Education from Columbia University in New York.

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