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Kelly Dawn Bowers

2016 Graduate

I am proud to be a product of Bay Area public schools, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from UC Berkeley, earning my Administrative Credential and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at California State University East Bay, and earning my Doctor of Education degree from UC Berkeley in the Leadership for Educational Equity Program.

Now in my 7th year as Superintendent of Schools for the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD), I continue to lead with the guiding mantra to Inform, Inspire, Include and Innovate. I am a strong advocate for STEAM - science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. I value and support the visual and performing arts as part of a well-rounded education, which build confidence and cultivate student talent, expression and creativity. I embrace technology as a key element of education, with its potential to revamp and revitalize instruction and eliminate traditional educational obstacles. I am civic-minded, and encourage community members to recognize the value of cultivating partnerships with our schools to better prepare our students to contribute and thrive in our rapidly changing global community.

I continue to be an active collaborator with my colleagues throughout the region, and am proud to have been recognized by the Association of California School Administrators as the 2012 ACSA Region VI Superintendent of the Year, representing all of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. In October of 2016, I was named the Distinguished Alumna of the 2016 - 17 academic year by the College of Education and Allied Studies of California State University, East Bay. In LVJUSD we embody the belief that “people support what they help create.” Along with my team of over 1400 employees, we have consciously cultivated healthy workplace dynamics. Due to our focused effort, the LVJUSD has been selected in 2016, as well as in 2012 and 2013, as a Bay Area Top Workplace, based on national industry-wide standards of inclusiveness, communication, confidence in leadership, workplace morale, and meaningfulness of work.

As a first generation college attendee, my pursuit of high level leadership roles in education arises from my commitment to provide all children with a solid and excellent educational foundation with multiple opportunities for higher education and a range of career choices. I collaborate with others to contribute, to motivate, and to improve the status quo. I have served in a variety of educational roles, including teacher, Activities and Athletic Director, principal, Director of Curriculum and Special Projects, and Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services in Livermore. My doctoral studies focused on the development of relational trust among governance teams, consisting of School Board members and their Superintendent; my scholarly research further informs my commitment to build an effective, high impact governance and leadership team, and to facilitate sound decision-making relative to educational reform, excellence, and equity in K-12 education.

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