John Dewey has been appointed executive director of San Ynez Valley Charter School and will assume his new duties for the school year beginning Aug. 16, the board of directors announced.

“We are excited for him to apply his knowledge, leadership skills and vision to help fulfill our school's mission,” board Chairman Robert Feinberg said in a letter to the school community.

Dewey said he looks forward to supporting continued excellence in the classroom alongside students and teachers and hopes to maintain the strong tradition of parent volunteering at the school.

“As soon as I walked onto the campus and met the teachers, parents and students, I could tell this was a very special learning environment,” Dewey said. “I look forward to serving this vibrant, collaborative community, continuing the strong mission and vision of the school.”

Dewey has 20 years of experience in educational administration for kindergarten through high school in the Santa Barbara area as well as considerable experience in curriculum development, a board spokesman said.

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He has served as assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at Bishop Garcia Diego High School and as principal of Garden Street Academy.

Dewey earned his doctorate in educational leadership from UC Santa Barbara in 2010 and for many years has served as committee chairman for the Accrediting Commission for Schools.

He is married with three daughters, all of whom are teachers.

Santa Ynez Valley Charter School is approaching its 20th year as a public school of choice with a vision to foster collaboration between students, families and teachers to ensure a successful and rewarding future.

The school, located at 3325 E. Pine St. in Santa Ynez, serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade and is overseen by College School District. For more information, call the school at 805-686-7360.

This report was compiled by Mike Hodgson, news editor for the Santa Ynez Valley News. He can be reached at


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Lee Central Coast Newspapers associate editor Mike Hodgson covers Santa Barbara County government and events and issues in Santa Ynez Valley. Follow him on Twitter @MHodgsonSYVNews.

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