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Dr. Gordon Amerson Appointed New Superintendent of Duarte Unified

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(Duarte, CA) – At the Regular Meeting held on Thursday, June 28, 2018, the Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Gordon Amerson, Ed.D., as the new Superintendent of the Duarte Unified School District (DUSD). Following a nationwide search, Dr. Amerson was selected from a competitive pool of 33 highly qualified applicants.

"The Board of Education is proud of the work that our teachers, classified employees, and all support personnel have accomplished with the help of our parents and community during this period of rapid change in DUSD. We have found in Dr. Amerson a leader who will continue to support and nurture our movement to TK-8 theme-based academies, our partnership with California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley, and our flagship Duarte High School as our district rises as a destination for the region,” stated Board President, Douglas Edwards. 

“After an exhaustive search that included candidates from across the country, we appointed someone we unanimously chose.  Dr. Amerson’s knowledge of strategies to bring the Board and District leadership together around a strong, united focus on student achievement and strength-based practices is exactly what DUSD is needing at this time. He is known for his patient, steady leadership and instructional expertise. His highly regarded ability to listen to others and establish common ground will benefit every student.  We are eager to work with Dr. Amerson to build upon our current success of creating a one-of-a-kind learning community."

Dr. Amerson received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science at California State University, San Bernardino, his Master of Arts’ degree in Cross-cultural teaching at National University, and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State University, San Bernardino. He began his educational career as a Science teacher at Arroyo Valley High School in San Bernardino Unified School District where he then moved into administration as a Vice-Principal, Principal and Director of Certificated Human Resources.

In 2016, Dr. Amerson joined the Capistrano Unified School District as the Associate Superintendent of Human Resource Services. In this role he was directly responsible for supervising over 4,000 classified and certificated employees. His commitment to coaching and mentoring others is evidenced by his certification as a Gallup Strengths Coach as well as a Franklin Covey “Speed of Trust” trainer.  Prior to entering the field of education, Dr. Amerson played professional baseball for both the San Diego Padres and the New York Yankees organizations.  Along with his wife, Veronica, also a lifelong educator and California State University program director, he has two wonderful children, Donovan and Serena.

“I am so excited to join the Duarte community, and I can’t wait to get started working with the Board to continue the transformational work that is going on in the schools and community. The thematic and individualized approach to educating our young scholars in Duarte will truly prepare them for college and/or career,” stated Dr. Amerson. “I believe in people, I believe in building trust, and most importantly, I believe in Duarte and the things this community can do when working together. I look forward to deeply connecting with our stakeholders and serving as a fierce advocate for the Board, students, teachers, staff, and community of Duarte.” Dr. Amerson will officially begin as Superintendent of the Duarte Unified School District on July 23, 2018.

Dr. Gordon Amerson