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Garvey District"s Peterson Named State Superintendent of Year

  • By David Barron

Rosemead: Virginia Peterson, Garvey School District Superintendent, has been named California Superintendent of the Year for 2010 by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).

Ms. Peterson was honored at the AASA National Education Conference February 11-13, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Now in its 23rd year, the AASA National Superintendent of the Year Program pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead the nation’s public schools. This program is sponsored by ARAMARK Education, ING and AASA.

The Garvey School District includes elementary and middle schools in Rosemead, Monterey Park and San Gabriel.

Virginia Peterson began her career in the Garvey School District in 1969 as a student teacher at Fern School.  Since that time, she has held the positions of Teacher, Resource Teacher, Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Superintendent of the District.  She has taught at Willard, Duff, and Emerson schools as well as serving as principal at both Marshall and Bitely schools.

During 2003 Ms. Peterson briefly left Garvey to work at the Los Angeles County Office of Education directing a federal program, Reading First, for a five county area.  Fortunately for the District, she returned to Garvey on July 1, 2004 as Superintendent and continues to serve in this position.

Garvey Board Member, Bob Bruesch, has been quoted as saying, “Ginny – and she insists that everyone calls her that - established a new management structure that emphasized teamwork rather than “top-down” implementation of policy.

“She brought on board with her a true vision of how to overcome the challenges of a swiftly changing educational landscape, how to relate to a diverse parent population and how to implement the spirit and hope of No Child Left Behind throughout our district.

“The district is now inculcated with a new spirit, entire staffs joining with parents to improve their local schools one day at a time. Her management style is one of friendly openness and her visionary enthusiasm is contagious.  Virginia Peterson is a true icon of educational transformation and is certainly deserving of this award,” Bruesch said.

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