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Expanded Learning Visionary Leadership Award

Award recognizing visionary leadership in Expanded Learning programs.

Every October, during the Lights On Afterschool celebrations at the State Capitol Building, the California Department of Education, Expanded Learning Division, presents the Expanded Learning Visionary Leadership Award to one or more individuals who have worked several years in the field of Expanded Learning and have demonstrated leadership, innovation, compassion, creativity, resourcefulness, and dedication in operating stellar after school programs.

California Expanded Learning Visionary Leadership Awardees:


  • Becky Shultz, Director of Expanded Learning, Whittier City School District
  • Karla Stroman, Administrator II, Tehama Department of Education
  • Julia Ma, Coordinator After School Programs, Oakland Unified School District
  • Mary Jo Ginty, Regional Lead, Los Angeles County Office of Education


  • Randy Mehrten, Senior Director, Safe and Healthy Kids, Fresno County Office of Education
  • Cindy Adams, Program Director, Lake County Office of Education
  • Debe Loxton, Chief Operating Officer, LA’s Best


  • Beth Chaton, Humboldt County Office of Education
  • Jason Guinto (1984-2014), Oakland Unified School District
  • Verna Springer, Oakland Unified School District


  • Debi Badger, Program Director, Santa Barbara Unified School District
  • Janet Downey, Riverside Unified School District


  • Mary Davis, Program Director, Glenn County Office of Education


California Expanded Learning Emerging Leadership Awardees:


  • Brisa Huerta-Price, Expanded Learning Programs Coordinator, Calexico Unified School District
  • Chris Perez, After School Program Director, CSUF ASES Titan Program
  • David Constancio III, ASES Program Manager, William Land Elementary School, Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center
  • Francine Stewart, Program Coordinator, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District


  • Tiffany Knuckles, Program Coordinator, Oakland Leaf Foundation
  • Nate Houston, Expanded Learning Specialist, Center for Fathers and Families
  • Jessy Tapia, Program Director, Oxnard Unified School District

Questions:   Expanded Learning Division | | 916-319-0923
Last Reviewed: Monday, May 21, 2018
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