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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

San Diego Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area C

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Michael McQuary

Retired Classroom Teacher
29,447 votes (59.7%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Expand equity and access to high quality instruction and a broad and challenging curriculum that prepares all students for college, career, and civic engagement.
  • Establish safe instructional environments and optimal learning climates across the district, which will increase student outcomes, expand visual and performing arts, career and job readiness, academic excellence, and civic and global competencies.
  • Continue the fiscal oversight that has placed the District on a solid financial footing for the first time in eight years by restructuring district services, hiring and supporting highly competent and professional employees, and engaging stakeholders



Profession:Doctor of Education-Retired Classroom Teacher
Director and Secretary, Pacific Beach Town Council — Elected position (2010–current)
Chairman of the Board, San Diego International Sister City Association — Elected position (2017–current)
President, Rotary Club of Mission Bay — Elected position (2012–2014)
Teacher and Principal, Scotts Valley Unified School District (1993–2000)
Principal, Lindsay Unified School District (1987–1993)
Program Director and Instructional Supervisor, Tulare County Department of Education (1979–1987)
Program Director, Exeter Union Elementary and High School Districts (1976–1979)
Teacher and Director of Projects, Cutler Orosi Unified School District (1970–1979)


University of Southern California (USC) Doctorate of Education (Ed D), Curriculum and Instruction (1992)
Fresno State University MA, School Administration (1983)
Fresno State University Certificate, School Administration Credential, School Administration (1983)
San Francisco State University Elementary and Secondary Teaching Credentials, Social Studies and Math (1970)
University of California-Berkeley BA, History and Political Science (1966)


Pre-Teaching Work Experience:  Railroad fireman; truck driver/freight loader; home construction; manufacturing firm production control officer for private/government contracts (off-shore drilling, San Francisco Kabuki Theatre’s rotating stage, San Francisco BART tunneling device, Titan Missile silo gates, Polaris Missile guidance system); casualty/life insurance representative


Education: Undergraduate, UC Berkeley; Elementary/Secondary Credentials, SF State; Masters-Administration, Fresno State; Doctorate-Curriculum and Instruction, USC


Teacher:  City schools (San Francisco); rural schools (Tulare County); suburban schools (Santa Cruz County); college (College of Sequoias, Fresno Pacific University); Middle School Math & Science Teacher; Middle School Athletic Coach; K-8 Math Resource Teacher;  Local Teacher Union President and Lead Negotiator


Administration:  School Principal, District/County Project Director, (Categorical Programs, GATE, Vocational Education, Court Schools), County Education Supervisor (Math, Science, Technology); California Department of Education Consultant (Distinguished and Effective School Validations, School Improvement Plan Reviews)


Community Service: President, Mission Bay Rotary Club; Member (Youth and International Service Committees), La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club; Director and Secretary, Pacific Beach Town Council (6 terms); Member, Pacific Beach Business Improvement District (Discover PB); Annual Donor, Beach and Bay Family YMCA; President, California Democratic Council (400 clubs); Small Business Owner (property management); Chairman of the Board, San Diego International Sister City Association (16 international sister city partnerships in 15 Countries). 


Family:  2 daughters with Master Degrees (UC-Santa Cruz, UC-Santa Barbara); son (West Point); and 5 grandchildren


Currently: Board Trustee/Past President, San Diego Unified School District

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a political science and history major at UC Berkeley with a major interest in 17th Century and contemporary political thought and with years of civic engagement and community activism, I have learned to value the importance of a well educated electorate, the need for a free press, the basic principles that are guaranteed by the US Constitution, and the civil rights and responsibilities that promote social, economic, and ecological justice. 

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