Gary Dei Rossi is running for the office of San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools in 2014.
The office is currently held by Nick Founts of Manteca.
Dei Rossi has 38 years of experience as a teacher, principal, district office administrator, assistant superintendent of curriculum, and deputy superintendent position at the county office.
Fritz Grupe is serving as Dei Rossi’s campaign chairman.
Dei Rossi currently serves as a commissioner on the San Joaquin County Children & Families Commission (First 5), on the Executive Committee of Beyond the Gates (University of the Pacific), on the Executive Board of San Joaquin A+ (a partnership between business and education to improve literacy in our county), a member of the University of the Pacific’s Bernard School of Education’s advisory committee, past member of the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau’s Educational committee for 16 years, past member of the San Joaquin Head Start Board of Directors, past member the Stockton Civic Educational advisory group, and served on the Haggin Museum Board. He also served on the St Dominic’s Hospital advisory council. In the early 1980s, he was one of the “Founders” of the Manteca Area Soccer League.
He also serves as the President of Teachers College of San Joaquin, the first WASC accredited college at a county office of education. The college awards teaching credentials, administrative service credentials, and various Masters of Education degrees.
At the state level, he has served as the Chair of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee and was the co-chair of the State History-Social Science framework committee.
He also received Congressional recognition and an award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars for his work on “Project Recognition”. This program awarded high school diplomas to veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and for Japanese’s internees. He also created the Homework Hotline that appeared nightly on cable TV for ten years.
Dei Rossi also was adjunct professor for CSU, Stanislaus for over 10 years teaching graduate level classes on leadership and curriculum.
He earned his B.A. in History from UCLA, an M.A. in School Management from the University of La Verne, and a Doctorate from the University of the Pacific in Educational Administration.
His wife of 38 years is a retired Manteca Unified Elementary teacher, his son and daughter-in-law are high school teachers in Stockton Unified School District, and his daughter is a second-grade teacher in the Bay Area.