Bill’s many years as a teacher and school counselor will bring a valuable perspective to the school board. He is a hands-on leader who understands that social-emotional wellness sets the stage for academic success. Bill’s focus, as a teacher and a school counselor, is about always putting the needs of families and kids first! He is a great listener who will be respectful of community input.
20 Years As a Teacher and 18 Years As a Counselor
After graduating from Penn State University with a degree in elementary education, Bill began his career in the Pasadena Unified School District. When his family relocated to the San Joaquin Valley, he taught and coached middle school students. His experiences teaching in the town of Farmersville fostered his ability to work with a wide range of students: general education students, English language learners, and special education students. While working here, he added a secondary teaching certificate in mathematics to his credential.
Bill and his family eventually settled in Thousand Oaks. That move led to his positions as a teacher at Los Cerritos Middle School and as the freshmen girls’ basketball coach at Thousand Oaks High School. He went on to Moorpark High, where he taught math and peer counseling for 13 years and coached girls’ basketball for four years.
After 20 years of teaching, Bill was inspired to work one-on-one with students as a counselor. He went back to school and earned master’s degrees in School Administration and Supervision and Counseling from California Lutheran University. He then took a position as a school counselor at Robert Frost Middle School in Granada Hills. The position—originally slated as a one-year contract— was extended for an additional six years. It was part of a FEMA grant, and he worked with those impacted by the Northridge earthquake. Eventually, he was recruited to work as a counselor for Valley Alternative Magnet School, where he served for five years.
When he temporarily relocated to Arizona, Bill worked as a district special education counselor. In this role, he wrote and implemented social and emotional learning goals in students’ Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and counseled children in 19 elementary schools and five middle schools. Next, as a middle school counselor, he developed and implemented the Caring, Kindness, and Courage program.
Conejo Together believes that Bill’s vast and varied experience will make him an excellent addition to the school board.
Dedication to Restore, Refocus, and Rebuild within the CVUSD
Now retired and back in Thousand Oaks, Bill has made it a priority to stay involved in the CVUSD, serving on the district’s Measure I Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee from January 2015 to August 2018 and on the District Wellness Committee since August 2015. He has also volunteered at CVUSD’s BreakThrough counseling center. He has attended almost every board meeting over the last four years and is knowledgeable about a variety of issues.
Bill’s four adult children all attended Acacia, Redwood, and Thousand Oaks High School, and he continues to be invested in the district and will work for future generations of CVUSD students.
Find out more about Bill’s platform and campaign at billforschoolboard.com.