New Superintendent For Duarte Unified

The Duarte Unified School Board unanimously voted to appoint Gordon Amerson, Ed.D., as the new Superintendent of the District. Following a nationwide search, Dr. Amerson was selected from a competitive pool of 33 highly qualified applicants.

“Dr. Amerson’s knowledge of strategies to bring the Board and District leadership together around a strong, united focus on student achievement and strength-based practices is exactly what DUSD is needing at this time,” said Board President Douglas Edwards. “We are eager to work with Dr. Amerson to build upon our current success of creating a one-of-a-kind learning community."

Dr. Amerson received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science at California State University, San Bernardino, his Master of Arts degree in cross-cultural teaching at National University, and his doctorate in educational leadership at California State University, San Bernardino.

He began his educational career as a science teacher at Arroyo Valley High School in San Bernardino Unified School District where he then moved into administration as a Vice Principal, Principal and Director of Certificated Human Resources.

In 2016, Dr. Amerson joined the Capistrano Unified School District as the Associate Superintendent of Human Resource Services. In this role he was directly responsible for supervising more than 4,000 classified and certificated employees.

His commitment to coaching and mentoring others is evidenced by his certification as a Gallup Strengths Coach as well as a Franklin Covey “Speed of Trust” trainer.

Prior to entering the field of education, Dr. Amerson played professional baseball for both the San Diego Padres and the New York Yankees organizations.

Along with his wife, Veronica, also a lifelong educator and California State University program director, he has two wonderful children, Donovan and Serena.

“I am so excited to join the Duarte community, and I can’t wait to get started working with the Board to continue the transformational work that is going on in the schools and community,” said Dr. Amerson. “I believe in people, I believe in building trust, and most importantly, I believe in Duarte and the things this community can do when working together. I look forward to deeply connecting with our stakeholders and serving as a fierce advocate for the Board, students, teachers, staff, and community of Duarte.”

Dr. Amerson will officially begin as Superintendent on July 23, 2018.

Photo courtesy of Duarte Unified School District.




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