July 8, 2016
Dear Vista Staff, Families, and Students,
It is with great pleasure the Vista Board would like to introduce the new leadership of Vista Charter Public Schools. Don Wilson has accepted the position of superintendent and will begin working on behalf of students, families, teachers, and staff immediately.
Mr. Wilson comes to the Vista family with many years of experience. Significantly, he started his career in school administration after 17 years of classroom experience as the administrative assistant at Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School. Mr. Wilson earned his National Board Teacher Credential with an emphasis on English as a second language and is fluent in Spanish. Most currently, he has worked as Director of Linked Learning for the Los Angeles Unified School District, a program that focuses on deep student engagement through an integrated approach of career academies that prepare students for college and career. In his capacity as director, Mr. Wilson has supervised multiple elementary, middle, and high schools serving over 5000 students.
A life-long learner, Mr. Wilson completed a double bachelor's degree at Brigham Young University in English and Spanish Literature. In 2005, he received his Master's in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Design from Cal State Northridge. He is currently finishing his doctoral program at University of Southern California with a focus on the role of engagement in high-achieving urban schools.
Mr. Wilson's efforts have been recognized through multiple awards. His last school received the California Distinguished school award for work with Arts in Education and Way of Council, an innovative program that increases the social/emotional intelligence of students while focusing on oral language development. He also received the ACCIPIO Administrator of the Year Award for his work with diversity in education and Administrator of the Year Award from the California Music Teachers Association for his leadership in bringing arts to public education. Additionally, he brings expertise in Project Based Learning, Writer's and Reader's Workshop, and fundraising for public schools.
The Board is confident that Mr. Wilson's experience and passion for education will help lead Vista Charter Public Schools to an even greater achievement for our students.