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M.Ed. - Harvard University - APSP - Administration, Planning and
Social Policy - Urban Superintendents Program. Superintendent
Intern to Dr. Rudy Crew, Tacoma Public Schools
M.A. - San Francisco State University - Educational Administration
Interdisciplinary Studies in Education (3 units short of third Masters)
B.A. - San Francisco State University - Education, Social Sciences,
Post Graduate Studies: over 150 units at SFSU, University of
California, Mills College, Stanford University, University of Colorado,
Boulder, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell University
Incomplete Ed.D. - Harvard University - Urban Superintendents
Program /APSP - Administration, Planning and Social Policy.
46 years as Classroom Teacher, Parent/Community Teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, and Principal for the San Francisco Unified School District.
Served as Principal of Spring Valley Science School (oldest public
school in California, established in 1852) for 30 years.
Collaborated with staff and school community through the years to
implement: Chinese and Spanish bilingual programs, strong science
focus program, critical thinking, developing intelligent behavior/habits of mind strategies, real-life problem solving approaches, project based research through the Project 2061 model, character development/personal responsibility through Conflict Resolution, Conflict Managers. All students were empowered and developed responsibility by having a “job” to help run the school, and was expected to do homework and learning activities all year long, including all vacations. Implemented extensive multicultural arts education programs that included: ceramics, painting/watercolors, paper sculpture, drama(skits & opera), music, choir, calligraphy, poetry, dance (Latin, Chinese, European, folk, social and ballet), model making, and other
arts and crafts. Spring Valley is recognized as a: California Distinguished School, Title 1 Academic Achievement Award, U.S. Department of Education
Award for Excellence in Education as well as nominated for a National
Diffusion Network “Programs That Work” designation. The school has
consistently ranked at 10 on the API compared to similar schools
although Spring Valley has over 70% or more ELL students and 70 – 90%
or more students qualifying for free/reduced lunch throughout the years.
Lonnie guided teachers to participate in research studies with: Boston &
Wheelock Colleges, Stanford University, West ED and AAAS/NSF Project
2061. They field tested science curriculum materials and reading
series for: Silver Burdett, Macmillan, Scott Foresman, Lippincott,
EDC – Center for Science Education and several others.
Lonnie organized three alumni reunions, provided seed money to fund an
endowment for Spring Valley, and will be writing, collecting anecdotes and stories from alumni, staff, parents and students for a Memory Book of the school.
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
Recreation Director - San Francisco Recreation & Park Department
Consultant: conducted variety of workshops, designed/provided ideas,
evaluated or edited for - SFUSD, Oakland, San Mateo, Santa Clara,
Berryessa/San Jose, Worcester Massachusetts School Districts;
Stanford University, Video One, KGO Television, Channel 7, WTTV
Television, Channel 11 Chicago, Illinois, AIR – American Institutes
for Research (Washington, D.C.), Scholastic Publications, Watersun
Publishing, MA., Harvard Family Research Project.
Instructor: San Francisco State University - Course on Social
Studies and Science Curricula.
Superintendent Intern – Tacoma Public Schools
EDUCATIONAL COLLABORATIONS FOR SFUSD
Co-Chair of Student & Parent Handbook Committee –Established first prototype. Served on and chaired many committees concerning: services for EnglishLanguage Learners, reading programs, summer activities, teacher training/recruitment, building & grounds services, early childhood education/ after school programs, desegregation/integration task force, science, reading and materials selection committees, administrators steering committee, student & food services, parent education and outreach, translation services, services for at-risk students, conflict resolution, teacher work hours, curriculum development, and other Board initiatives. Writing proposals for many projects for ELL/bilingual programs,
science, reading, parent participation, teacher and student
empowerment, physical education, arts, after school programs, child
care, field trips, outdoor education, Magnet Schools and may others.
OTHER EDUCATIONAL CURRICULAR COLLABORATIONS:
California Dept. of Education: Bilingual Education Handbook, Calif. Distinguished School proposals. California Commission for Teacher Preparation & Licensing – developed assessments for evaluation matrices of teacher training programs, evaluated and ranked programs from universities in California. ASCD Thinking Skills Consortium, AAAS – Association for the Advancement of Science Project 2061. UCSF – City Science & SEP devise training for administrators. Exploratorium Center for Inquiry & Center for Media– proposals for Apple & BASRC funding. Golden Gate National Parks Association Committee - curriculum plan for Crissy
Field. San Francisco Education Fund – helped plan PIP program for
parent involvement. Provided input and ideas to art institutions to
enhance opportunities for students: S.F. Symphony, S.F. Ballet, S.F.
Opera, Calif. Academy of Science, Exploratorium, Asian Art Museum,
deYoung Museum, Chinese Historical Society, Chinese Culture Center,
Lawrence Hall of Science, Discovery Museum and others. Evaluated
books/materials for: Harcourt, Brace & Jovanovich, Silver Burdett,
McGraw-Hill, Scholastic publishing companies, Grade Teacher Instructor
and Trans/Action magazines. Presentations at NSTA, ASCD, NABE, other
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT and VOLUNTEERISM
Served on community boards focusing on: civil rights, low-income housing development, small business development, child care services, curriculum development for educators. Wrote proposals, participated in committees, fund raising to a variety of community organizations and non-profits. Some are: S.F. Education, School Volunteers, Friends of the Public Library, Library Foundation, BayArea Science Consortium – Moore Foundation, S.F. School Alliance,Carnegie Foundation, U.S. State Dept. International Diplomacy Council, U.S. Census, Business Roundtable, U.S. Dept. of Justice, White House Conference on Domestic Policy, Mayor’s Office of Community
Development, Better Parks & Recreation Committee, Youth Service Center
– Pretrial Diversion Program, Levi Strauss, St. Francis Hospital,
CAA, Asian, Inc., Chinatown Resource Center, CC Child Care Center,
OMI-Hunters Point Education Committee, Economic Opportunity Council,
Cameron House, Children’s Lobby – Children Defense Fund (NYC).
Provided workshops for many community organizations and school groups.
Served on S.F. Public Library Commission for 15 years. Served on
Library Foundation to raise 140 million dollars to build new Main
Library and renovate branches. Served as President of TACT – The
Association of Chinese Teachers, ACAA – Association of Chinese
Administrators and AAAA – Association of Asian American
Administrators. On Executive Council of UASF – United Administrators
of S.F., UASF Negotiating Team, Special Minority Council of the NEA –
National Education Association. Lead two travel groups for TACT to
China. Participated in U.C., Berkeley Graduate School of Education
“think tank” to design a Professional Development School as well as
SFSU, USF, Stanford, PACE (NYC) Universities’ consultations to improve
teacher training and administrative certification programs.
Administrators Steering Committee. Provided amicus curiae written and
verbal testimony supporting bilingual education for Lau v. Nichols
Supreme Court case. Spoke at U.S. Congressional & Senate Committee
as part of NAS – National Academy of Sciences testimony about science
for urban schools. Provided testimony for Calif. Dept. of Education
supporting science standards.
HONORS AND AWARDS (partial listing)
Recipient of the John E. Stevens Doctoral Fellowship - Harvard University
"Principal of the Year" - ACSA (Association of California School Administrators) Region 5
"Woman of the Year" awarded by the Legislature of the State of California
San Francisco Public Library award for outstanding contribution to libraries
“Choose to Move” Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education
– S.F. Ballet
Outstanding Community Service Award – Cameron House
The Eternal QUESTION: Why are we here? Are there others like us in
this ever-expanding universe???
For us to solve: “How do we ensure free, outstanding PUBLIC education for ALL?