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Dr. Jonathan Dean

I began my adulthood with joining the U.S. Army in 1983 where I was assigned to the 82nd airborne division. After three years in the army, I purchased the business, Dean’s North Fork Marina, where I had worked during my high school years. Several years later, I became involved in other entrepreneurial enterprises. While in private business, I was humbled, yet honored, when awarded a "Recognition" Award from the Kern County Board of Supervisors for community involvement.
This year, I am starting my 21st year in public education. I began teaching in the Lake Isabella area where I was a history and language arts teacher. I moved to Bakersfield, Ca. and taught with the Panama Buena Vista School District for two years before becoming a vice principal. I spent five years with the Panama-Buena Vista School District as principal of Fred L. Thompson Jr. High. In 2009, through the dedication and commitment of the Thompson staff, Fred L. Thompson was identified as the first and only A.V.I.D. National Demonstration School for the county of Kern. Several years ago, The O'Farrell Charter School was also designated an AVID National Demonstration School  - the second charter school in the nation! Also, this past year, The O'Farrell Charter School received national recognition when it received the silver medal for the National Center for Urban Transformation School (NCUST) Award. This year will be my eighth year as the Superintendent of The O'Farrell Charter Schools.
My education degrees began with a B.A. in Political Science from California State University of Bakersfield. I also earned my teaching credential at C.S.U.B. I have a Masters degree in Educational Management and an Administrative Credential, both received from the University of La Verne, California. I obtained my Doctorate of Education Degree in Teacher Leadership from Walden University, Maryland. I am married and have two wonderful children. My wife Tera is a dental hygienist here in San Diego County. My eldest daughter, Brittany, is working in the software field. My youngest daughter, Riley, is in the eighth grade. I enjoy boating, scuba, exercise, and spending time with my family. We are all very happy to be here in San Diego, especially here at The O’Farrell Charter School.
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