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Central Union High School District

Committed to Excellence

Superintendent's Office

Greetings Students, Parents, Teachers, Staff and Community Members,
I am delighted to join the team at Central Union High School District.  My wife and I have been welcomed and greeted by many of you as we settle into our new city.  We are delighted to make El Centro our new home for years to come as we work here in our community.
I join CUHSD with many years of experience working in Northern California in K-12 districts, Placer County Office of Education, and in my early years, Salt Lake City as a teacher in Midvale.  You can learn more about my career at my LinkedIn profile.  My wife is a teacher and will be at Imperial High School beginning this Fall.
What I love about public education is its power to change lives.  Not just one student's life, but lives for generations to come. Many students are fortunate to have been born into educated and high functioning families.  They benefit from educated and working parents, extended family and often have many enriching life experiences like going to the zoo, the beach or museums.  Not all students are so fortunate, and that is where being in the band, playing sports, receiving world-class instruction, experience career pathways, having a great counselor and caring teachers make the difference for them.  When a student discovers their passion and begin to prepare for their future, its is not just their future, but the future of their children and grandchildren to come.  
Living here in the Valley, I have been introduced to so many individuals that tell me where they graduated from.  With great pride, they tell me the high school name.  Somehow, the magic of education has changed them for the better and they are delighted to be here.
May we all contribute to those experiences that make school great, enriching and life changing.  That only happens when we are "Committed to Excellence".  
Best Wishes,
Ward H. Andrus, Ed. D.
Twitter: @DrAndrus

My Book List

"Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers."  Harry S. Truman
I am inspired by others' thinking and love to read their work. Here is what I am currently reading:

I recently read:

  • Above Average by Todd Rose
  • Measure What Matters by John Doer
  • Together is Better by Simon Sniek
  • Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
  • Good to Great, for Social Sectors by Jim Collins
  • Drive by Daniel Pink
  • Multipliers (2017) by Liz Wisemann
  • Powerful by Patty McCord
  • No Fail Meetings  by Michael Hyatt
  • The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni

I am currently reading: 

  • Leadership is Language by L. David Marquet
Up next:
  • The Deepest Well by Nadine Burke Harris

Scholarly Articles of Interest

Meandering Toward Graduation:  How schools only some prepare students for College and Career.
The Opportunity Myth: How schools don't always provide grade level standards and instruction.
The Power of Transportable Skills: The "Soft Skills" that employers want in workers, and what we aspire to teach in schools.
From a Nation at Risk to A Nation at Hope:  How schools that see students as a whole person succeed in preparing our next generation.