Longtime Valley Center teacher Mark Hailwood has been named assistant principal of Valley Center High School. His appointment was confirmed at the June Valley Center Pauma Unified School District board meeting.
Supt. Mary Gorsuch talked with the Times Advocate about Hailwood. “Mark has been teaching in Valley Center – Pauma schools for eight years, both at VC Middle and VC High schools,” she said. “He’s been a leader in the use of educational technology to increase student learning, recently assigned as a tech coach assisting fellow teachers and on the high school leadership team.
She added, “The team of administrators, teachers and parents who were part of the interview panel were very impressed with Mark’s personable leadership style and focus on student learning. It’s been my privilege to work with Mark since he first started with the district, in his role as an instructional leader. He always puts student learning first, and uses technology as a tool to improve student achievement.”
Hailwood told the Times Advocate that this is his second year at VCHS. After graduating from high school he attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree.
“My interest in education grew while working with students with special needs and I went on to attain my teaching credential and masters degree in education. After teaching at the middle school level in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles for three years, my wife and I decided to make the move back to the San Diego area where I was given the opportunity to teach at Valley Center Middle School. While working within our district I have taught multiple grade levels and subjects, and served as a district Technology and Instructional Coach,” he said.
“When I am not at school, I am spending time with my wife, Debby, and our little beagle, Bosco. Among my passions are reading, technology, golf, surfing, and enjoying the wonderful San Diego outdoors.
“I feel honored to be the Assistant Principal at Valley Center High School and I am very excited to continue to work with such a dedicated staff, hardworking students, supportive parents, and caring community,” said Hailwood.