By Charly SHELTON
After several months and two extended searches for a new superintendent for Glendale Unified School District, it was announced two weeks ago that the board of education had finally made their choice. Winfred Roberson of the Davis Joint Unified School District in Davis, California, will be officially offered the position of superintendent of Glendale Unified School District at the Feb. 16 GUSD board of education meeting.
Board President Christine Walters said that they had been working since last summer with a search firm that specializes in school superintendents. After the initial search didn’t yield the results they were after, the search was broadened and they tried again, this time getting some very positive results. All in all, Walters said, they interviewed four candidates before deciding on Roberson.
“We appreciated Winfred’s passion for public education,” Walters said, “his experience as a teacher, administrator and superintendent, his collaborative leadership style and his strong interest specifically in GUSD. He has experience with an engaged yet diverse community and we think he is a great fit for us.”
CV Weekly reached out to Roberson to introduce him to the community.
Q: What is your educational background (i.e. college degree)?
A: I received my BA degree from UC Berkeley, completed my MA degree in Education Administration and am currently in the process of completing my Ed.D in educational leadership at UC Davis.
Q: Have you been a teacher or administrator at a school?
A: I served the first 11 of my 23 years in education as a U.S./world history teacher. Following my time in the classroom, I served as a site administrator for six years. This is my sixth year as superintendent.
Q: Why are you interested in education?
A: My greatest joy comes from seeing students learn. I entered this profession to ignite a love of learning in students and to see them lead happy and fulfilled adult lives.
Q: What do you see as the value of a good education for a child?
A: A good education prepares students for career and college options, regardless of their socio-economic background.
Q: What have you done in your time with Davis Joint USD?
A: My time in Davis has been awesome! Our team kept students at the center of our work and built a collaborative culture based on trust, respect and inquiry.
Q: Are you looking forward to working with GUSD?
A: Yes, I am. GUSD is a destination district. I’m honored and humbled to join the certificated and classified professionals in the GUSD.
Q: How did they approach you with the opportunity at GUSD?
A: GUSD’s student-centered values and high expectations attracted me. These values align with mine. I am excited that the GUSD board’s wide search has brought us together on behalf of students.