Leadership Innovation presents…
Administrators - Summer 2010

1. PAULA HARVEY   pharvey@frazmtn.com,  pharvey@el-tejon.org
Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Prog.  El Tejon Unified School District
Ms. Harvey received her M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction from CSU Bakersfield,
where she focused on new teacher support and retention, her teaching credential from
Sonoma State University, and her B.S. from California State University, Northridge.
Currently, she is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Programs for the El Tejon
Unified School District, located at the top of the Grapevine, about 75 miles north of Los
Angeles. Her experience includes 24 years as a classroom teacher, and nine years in
bank management prior to her career in education. Ms. Harvey lives deep in the
Tehachapi Mountains, where she shares her home with many animals including a
wolf-dog, four desert tortoises, chickens and turkeys and occasional wild visitors. She is
a hiker and potter.

2. KATHERINE CARTER  katherine.carter@ousd.k12.ca.us
Founding Principal, Manzanita SEED, Oakland
Katherine has a BA in Language Studies from University of California at Santa Cruz and
a MA in Educational Leadership from California State University East Bay.  She taught
bilingual Kindergarten and 1st grade at Manzanita Elementary School for eight years
before leading a design team of teachers, parents and community members to start a
Manzanita SEED, a new small school on the same campus.  For the past 5 years,
Katherine has been the principal of SEED, an Expeditionary Learning School with a
two-way immersion program in Spanish and English.  In both her personal and
professional life, Katherine has a deep interest in social and environmental justice and
multilingualism.  She enjoys native plant gardening, reading, playing soccer,
snowboarding, travelling, and salsa dancing.

3. PATRICK GARCIA   ABPatrick@aol.com
District Coordinator of Extended School Programs, Monrovia Unified SD
Patrick received his Masters Degree, Administrative Services Credential, and Teaching
Credential from California State University, Los Angeles; and his Bachelor of Fine Arts
Degree from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.  He began his career in education
eighteen years ago as a classroom teacher, teaching every elementary grade level
including special education.  Patrick received a Fulbright Scholarship in 1993 to teach
and study in the United Kingdom.  During summer vacations, he enjoys organizing and
managing an international language travel program for EF where students from Europe,
Asia, and South America visit Los Angeles to learn conversational American English.  In
addition to education, Patrick loves the arts and plans to produce his own film.

4. DEBBIE FEIGENBAUM  dfaigenbaum@sfedfund.org
Director, SF Teacher Residency; San Francisco Education Fund/San Francisco USD
Debbie received her  Ph.D. from Stanford University in Curriculum and Teacher
Education; her M.A. from San Francisco State University in Special Education; and her
B.A. in History of Ideas from University of Michigan.  She directs the San Francisco
Teacher Residency which is a partnership between the San Francisco Education Fund,
San Francisco Unified School District, Stanford University, University of San Francisco
and San Francisco State University to recruit and train teachers for San Francisco’s
hardest-to-staff schools and subjects. Prior to this job Debbie was an elementary school
principal in San Francisco for 4 years and a teacher for 19 years before that. In her
spare time Debbie studies and performs as a jazz vocalist in the Bay Area.

5. JONATHAN TIONGCO    jtiongco@ucla.edu
Lead Teacher/Technology Coach, Youth Policy Institute Charter Schools
Jonathan earned his MA in Computing in Education from Columbia University and his
BA from UCLA. He holds certificates/credentials from Harvard University, National
University, and CSU Fullerton. During the last 4 years, he has been teaching at Bert
Corona Charter School, a technology-integrated, project-based learning middle school.
His experiences here have helped him to become a 2009 United States Microsoft
Innovative Teacher and featured presenter at various educational conferences. Outside
of the classroom, he coordinates his school's Cesar Chavez Service Learning Club and
Students Run Los Angeles program.  He loves to travel, stay active, and eat!
Website: http://mrtiongco.com

6. SALLY TRUONG    mrs.sallytnt@gmail.com
Teacher/Literacy Coach, Youth Policy Institute Charter Schools
Sally earned her MA in Language and Literacy and reading specialist credential from
CSU Northridge and her B.A. in Communications from UCLA.  She has been an
LAUSD charter school educator for 4 years and will serve as a literacy specialist next
year.  Sally received training from Columbia University Teachers College Reading and
Writing Institute and Harvard University in Multiple Intelligences.  With a passion for
literacy reform, Sally has led professional development trainings on best practices and
was awarded 2009 Microsoft United States Innovative Teacher and 2010 Los Angeles
County Office of Education’s Digital Voice Award for her innovative literacy curriculum.  
Aside from teaching, Sally is a marathon coach for Students Run LA.  She speaks
Vietnamese and Spanish, and loves traveling, dancing, dining, and adventure!

7. SUZANNE HECK    mrshex@gmail.com
Principal, Canyon Early Learning Center (CELC)Monrovia Unified School District
Suzanne Heck is currently the principal at Monrovia Unified School District’s state
funded preschool. Having worked for MUSD as a teacher and assistant principal for
thirteen years, Suzanne moved into the principal spot at Canyon Early Learning Center
where she loves her devoted staff, adorable students and diverse families. Suzanne
graduated from Humboldt State with a degree in Social Science. She also received
degrees from Azusa Pacific and Cal State Fullerton. Suzanne has a busy life outside of
work as mother to Zoe, 5 and Dylan, 3. She and her husband David enjoy surfing,
running, hiking, travel and entertaining. She has traveled throughout the United States,
Mexico and Europe on many occasions.  
Skype-name: sue-heck

8. THOMAS DRESCHER      tdrescher@tamdistrict.org
Principal, Tamalpais High School, Tamalpais Union High School District
Mr. Drescher received his BA from University of Buffalo and MA from Canisius
College. He was a teacher and high school counselor before completing his Tier I
credential at UC Riverside becoming an administrator. Tom is in his second year as
Principal at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, CA. In his free time, Tom enjoys
running and hiking, and is training for a half marathon in June.

9. MELINDA FOWLER   fowler.melinda@gmail.com
Assistant Principal, University High School, Irvine Unified School District
B.S. in History from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah; M.A. in History; and M.S.
in Educational Administration from California State University, Fullerton.  After fourteen
years of teaching history, Melinda is now part of the administrative team at University
High School in the Irvine USD, and she finds the experience challenging.  She continues
to develop professionally and looks for additional strategies to enhance her skills as a
leader.   In her free time, Melinda enjoys hiking, biking and spending time with her two
German Short Hair Pointers.   She enjoys experiencing new cultures and customs,
discussing political developments and having the opportunity to meet new people
throughout the world.

10. JEANNE MELLOR   jmellor@alameda.k12.ca.us
Assistant Principal, Wood Middle School, Alameda Unified School District
Jeanne Mellor received her teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton
and her administrative credental from California State University , East Bay.  She has
been an Assistant Principal in Castro Valley and Alameda, CA. For the past three years
she has enjoyed being High School Summer School Principal. She has two boys and
enjoys camping, traveling, and gardening.

AMPORN SUWANPRATET   amporn.dawn@gmail.com
Meet Amporn Suwanpratet!  She will become your new best friend in Thailand.  She is a
key support member of our Thailand Program for School Leaders, and speaks excellent
English.  And each candidate from the past 7 summers, has come to rely on her for a
multitude of reasons. You will too.  Amporn works in the International Relations
Division, Office of the President at Chiang Mai University.  In addition, also operates a
travel agency service.  She can help will all your travel plans in Thailand, and even to
Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.  Our international program is truly lucky to work together
with her. Amporn has two small children- a son named, 'Dawn' and a daughter named,

LINDA OROZCO, PH.D.   Lorozco14@yahoo.com
Founder & Director, Leadership Innovation
Dr. Orozco received her Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of
Minnesota; her M.A. from Calif. State University, Long Beach; and her B.A. from
Whittier College.  She is Professor of Educational Leadership and past Director of the
Professional Administration Credential Program (Tier II) at California State University,
Fullerton. Her experience includes 34 years in educational leadership including both
public and private educational settings, district and county offices of education, and
higher education administration.  Major research and publication endeavors include
technology in education and administration, educating diverse populations, as well as
effective interagency collaboration.  She continues to conduct research internationally
including Brazil, Thailand and Vietnam.  She is an avid surfer and runner.  
Skype-name: lindachristineorozco