July 21, 2016 – The Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) is pleased to announce that it has appointed four district employees to the positions of Area Administrators: Margaret Gallegos, Michael Havens, Laura Orozco, and Warren Ramay. As Area Administrators for BCSD, the four will be responsible for providing leadership, direction, support, and accountability to principals to ensure that curricular, instructional, and operational programs are fully implemented in all assigned schools. They will supervise, support, and evaluate the performance of principals based on instructional performance, academic growth, and operations management. In addition, they will also provide coaching and guidance. They began their new roles on July 20, 2016 and will report to Mark Luque, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.
Ms. Gallegos has been with BCSD for 26 years and has served in a variety of roles at schools across the District. She began her career in education as a bilingual teacher and specialist at Mt. Vernon Elementary School. In 1997, she took on administrative roles, first as Vice Principal of Harris and Eissler Elementary Schools, and then as Principal at Evergreen and Thorner Elementary Schools. In 2007, Ms. Gallegos moved to the District office to serve as Director of School Support. In this capacity, she collaborated with internal and external providers and resources to support school site leadership and programs. Under her leadership, her schools earned four California Distinguished School Awards, which honor some of the state’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools that have demonstrated significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap. Ms. Gallegos also spearheaded efforts to participate in the California School Boards Association Golden Bell Awards competition, which resulted in a total of eight awards for BCSD. She states that the highlight of her career has been to have the opportunity to affect children and adults in a positive way.
Mr. Havens joined BCSD in 2014 and helped to open Cato Middle School and serve as the school’s first Principal. While at Cato, he led efforts to build strong Professional Learning Communities which resulted in the improvement of instruction through data analysis and the discussion of best practices. Prior to BCSD, Mr. Havens spent 13 years serving the Delano Union Elementary School District in various roles. He began his career in education as a teacher at Morningside Elementary School in 2001. Seven years later, he moved to Cecil Avenue Middle School where he served as Learning Coordinator and Vice Principal. In 2009, he took on his first role as Principal at Almond Tree Middle School. During his tenure, he led efforts to close the achievement gap and helped turn a struggling school into one with a high academic achievement performance. Mr. Havens stated that he is proud his career experience has given him the opportunity to turn a school around, and lay the foundation for a new school.
Ms. Orozco has been with BCSD since 1998. She began her career in education as an elementary school teacher in San Diego, before making the move to the central valley where she taught at Voorhies Elementary School for five years. She then moved to the District office to serve as a Program Specialist and Academic Program Leader where she helped to direct and support District programs and teacher trainings. In 2004, Ms. Orozco moved back to Voorhies Elementary to serve as Dean of Students for three years. She then moved to McKinley Elementary School to serve as Vice Principal, before moving to Evergreen Elementary School, where she has been the Principal since 2010. During her tenure at Evergreen, her school was one of two within BCSD, and one of the few across California, that made the state’s Safe Harbor list in 2013, which recognizes schools that met state requirements of increasing academic achievement by at least 10%. Ms. Orozco feels that having held the various positions at different levels across the District alongside dedicated staff, teachers, students, and parents, will be a great asset to her in her new role as Area Administrator.
Mr. Ramay joined BCSD as Principal of Nichols Elementary School in 2002, after having served as Principal at another local district for four years. He went on to serve as Principal at two other BCSD schools, Stiern Middle School and Roosevelt Elementary Schools, before moving to the District office in 2013 where he has since served as a Director of School Support. During his time at BCSD, Ramay states he is proud of the fact that through a collaborative effort, the academic accomplishments of the students at the schools he has overseen have consistently shown growth year after year. Mr. Ramay is also responsible for the development and implementation of BCSD’s current Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program, which was honored by the White House as a “Program of Excellence” in the area of STEM education for inner city youth.
“The experience that these four individuals bring to the new Area Administrator team will be crucial in the continued efforts by BCSD to increase the academic achievement of our students,” said Luque. “We congratulate them on their new roles, and look forward to their continued success at the District level.”