District Leader

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.