At a closed session special meeting tomorrow night, the Oakland school board receives a short list of semifinalists from Ray and Associates, Inc., the firm hired to help with the district’s superintendent search. The rumor mill is churning, of course, and I’m working to confirm some of the names I’ve been hearing again and again…
For now, I present you with two would-be leaders of the Oakland Unified School District: Michael Moore Sr. and Hae-Sin Thomas. They won’t know until tomorrow night whether they are among the candidates that the school board and its advisory committee will interview.
Michael Moore is a 29-year veteran of Oakland Unified who graduated from Oakland High School in 1975. He started out as a school security officer, and has since served OUSD in a dizzying array of capacities (15 in all, he said), from a food service truck driver to a middle school teacher and dean to a Senior Change Leader for the district’s Expect Success project. Now, he heads the Oakland Athletic League and supervises the district’s Procurement and Distribution Division.
His philosophy, in five words? “You don’t fix, you build.”
Moore says he’s not looking to build his resume, though. “I hope it’s obvious from my body of work that I love Oakland and I love the district,” he told me today. “I know I can do the job.”
Hae-Sin Thomas also confirmed today that she is in the candidate pool. Thomas is the president and CEO of a new educational consulting non-profit, urbanED Solutions. Before that, she oversaw the design and opening of Oakland’s new, small schools as a Network Executive Officer for OUSD’s New School Network. Thomas, a former Teach for America teacher, was the founding principal of ASCEND, a small elementary school in East Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood.
You can see her public profile here.
Have some leads on other candidates or their qualifications? By all means, send them my way, at firstname.lastname@example.org.