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Dr. Gary Waddell currently serves as Deputy County Superintendent, or second-in-command, of the San Mateo County Office of Education. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, is the former statewide Counselor of the Year, and is the recipient of multiple leadership and human rights awards, including being recently awarded the CA County Superintendents' Association 2017 STAR Award.
Gary has over 30 years of experience as a Principal, School Counselor, and Teacher in addition to heading up Instructional Services at the San Mateo County Office of Education. He has been a leader at every level of education - preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, and has taught in graduate-level educational leadership programs at the university level.
Gary is committed to equity and excellence. He was a therapeutic foster parent for adolescents with emotional and behavioral disabilities. His work as Deputy Superintendent (and previously Associate Superintendent) at the San Mateo County Office of Education has largely been around connecting equity and innovation and has resulted in the opening of the countywide STEM Center, expansion of preschool initiatives, launch of the Center for Learning Analytics, initiating environmental education/sustainability initiatives, expanding arts education, and creating a variety of countywide efforts to close achievement and opportunity gaps.
Gary is a recognized statewide leader in California. He is Past Chair of California's statewide Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) where he worked closely with the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and County Offices of Education throughout California to enact education policy. He currently Chairs California's statewide Visual and Performing Arts Committee.
"Students will be well-served by Gary Waddell’s innovative thinking and leadership. I highly recommend Dr. Gary Waddell for Superintendent of San Mateo County Schools."
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