A few months back, OCHSA officials announced that principal Sue Vaughn would retire after 12 years. I don’t know Ms. Vaughn that well but she seemed dedicated and smart and caring, and anytime there is change, you can’t help but wonder what the future holds.
I guess we will see! Recently Dr. Opacic sent out an announcement introducing OCHSA’s new principal beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, Dr. Benjamin Wolf.
A quick Google search turned up few interesting factoids, but even better, I have friend who worked with Dr. Wolf for three years while he was principal at Buena Park High School. We all know it’s the ‘reviews’ that count today, right?
Well, good news. He got rave reviews! According to my friend, “he did a great job” and was a lot of fun too. While she did say he was a “no-nonsense kind of guy who says what he means and does what he says he’s going to do,” apparently he has quite a sense of humor and maintained an easy rapport with his colleagues. Hummm, she didn’t mention how the students felt about him??
Here is how OCHSA introduced Dr. Wolf in its announcement:
It is with great excitement that I introduce Dr. Benjamin Wolf, who has been officially approved by the school’s Board of Trustees and will join us as principal when the 2012-2013 school year launches in August.
With more than 20 years’ experience in public education and administration, Dr. Wolf is one of Southern California’s top educational leaders.
Dr. Wolf currently serves as assistant superintendent of educational services for Centinela Valley Union High School District, where he has increased student achievement results (API and AYP) at all district schools, leading to the largest district API increase in Los Angeles County. He is the only principal in Los Angeles and Orange Counties to lead two high schools out of Program Improvement. During his tenure at the district, he has also led staff, site administrators and teachers in a complete reorganization of the district’s curricular offerings with a focus on raising student achievement. He has also developed innovative marketing strategies to compete with the area’s premier public charter schools.
Previously, Dr. Wolf served as principal at Buena Park High School, where he increased AYP proficiency by 400%, created the district’s first pre-CAHSEE courses for tenth graders, implemented the first ninth grade pre-CAHSEE assessment, and opened access to AP courses, leading the school to recognition as one of Newsweek’s Top 1000 High Schools and earning the prestigious Golden Bell Award.
As principal of Santiago High School in Garden Grove, Dr. Wolf directed standards-based restructuring that led to Santiago’s API improvement being the largest in the district, second largest in Orange County and in the top three percent of all high schools in California. He also organized staff development in the area of research-based instructional strategies focusing on student engagement, and implemented the district’s first technology-based reading intervention program through the use of a Digital High School grant. Dr. Wolf has also served as assistant principal of curriculum and instruction at Irvine High School where he was in charge of course creation, master scheduling and counseling.
Dr. Wolf’s teaching background includes positions with Whittier Union High School District and Santa Ana Unified School District.
Additionally, he has taught as an instructor for the Princeton Review Corporation and as an adjunct professor at Argosy University in Los Angeles and California State University, Long Beach, Dominguez Hills and Fullerton. Dr. Wolf also has an extensive background in public administration, including positions as assistant to the city manager in Peoria, Illinois and management assistant with the City of Anaheim.
Dr. Wolf holds a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in business and public administration from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), a bachelor of arts in political science from UCI, an administrative services credential from Chapman University and UCI, and a professional clear teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton.
Dr. Wolf resides in Irvine with his wife and two teenage children. He is highly recommended by his colleagues and the Southern California education community, and I am confident he will be a great asset to the Orange County High School of the Arts administrative team.Please join me in giving Dr. Wolf a warm welcome to the Orange County High School of the Arts!