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Derk Garcia is Superintendent of Schools of the Roseville City School District, in Roseville, California. He began his career in education as a teacher at La Entrada Continuation High School in the San Juan Unified School District. He transitioned to the Elk Grove Unified School District where he served for eleven years as a teacher, vice principal, and principal. Derk returned to the San Juan Unified School District as a Director, Assistant Superintendent, and Interim Chief Academic Officer prior to making the move to Superintendent within the Roseville City School District. He believes that education has the power to elevate individuals and families for generations. To that end, he focuses the energy and efforts of the Roseville City School District on three main drivers: improving instruction, building capacity, and strengthening collaboration.
Derk was born and raised in Sacramento where he attended public schools within the Sacramento Unified School District. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from California State University, Sacramento.
He and his family live in El Dorado Hills, CA. He and his wife Jen have two boys, ages 9 and 7. Derk believes strongly in the potential of all children and therefore, dedicates a significant amount of time volunteering in his personal and professional communities. Within the personal community, he coaches youth soccer and baseball and volunteers monthly at his children’s church. On the professional side, Derk serves as board member for the Roseville City School District Foundation, Tommy Apostolos Fund and KidsFirst.
About The Conversation
Derk is a career educator and leader, who was influenced in his success by his parents. By extension, he influences his own community with his volunteerism and community engagement. He believes strongly in maintaining a work/life balance.
He believes in the power of working with a stable and supportive board, allowing him to focus on the real work. Derk has worked hard to create a collaborative and healthy environment for all stakeholders.
The 3 Pillars:
Critical issues that challenge his work include budget and teacher shortages. As a result, he has had to identify strategies to combat these challenges.
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Episode 008: Derk Garcia
"For us the message that we're trying to get out... is that we have the potential to positively impact every single child every day. And what we want to do as an organization is to be a little bit better tomorrow than we are today."
- Derk Garcia