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Newport-Mesa Announces Mr. John Drake as Assistant Superintendent, Chief Academic Officer

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) announces the appointment of Mr. John Drake as Assistant Superintendent, Chief Academic Officer, starting August 1, 2020. Mr. Drake has 24 years of experience in education and has been with NMUSD since 2010, serving as director of certificated personnel; director of curriculum and instruction and, as of 2018, acting assistant superintendent, chief academic officer. He also is a product of the District, having graduated from Estancia High School. While at NMUSD, Mr. Drake has been instrumental in the implementation of a cohesive instructional materials adoption process that garnered for its collaborative consensus process. Not only did he lead the development of a TK-12 grade math experience that set the stage for the success of students, but also provided resources and support needed for teachers to succeed in its implementation. He has supported instructional professional development for teachers and administrators that focuses on the principles and practices of responsive teaching, by creating learning experiences for teachers and administrators that build knowledge with a focus on responding to student thinking. “I have had the privilege to work closely with Mr. Drake and am highly impressed with his ability to lead teams to consensus through positive relationships and collaborative approaches,” said Superintendent Russell Lee-Sung. “It’s not only what he does but how he does it; always with a calm demeanor and a purposeful vision,” he said. Prior to joining NMUSD, Mr. Drake served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal at the elementary, middle and high school level. While at the school sites he improved student learning outcomes, and obtained schoolwide recognition. Mr. Drake received his Masters Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of West Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts in English from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Source: CDM High School New

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