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Superintendent's Biography

Dr. Balderas began his life as the child of migrant farm workers in Eastern Oregon and developed his love of learning and passion for education in Oregon Public Schools, from kindergarten through his doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of Oregon

Dr. Balderas has been an educator for 30 years. He started his career in education as a high school teacher and counselor in the Hillsboro School District after teaching briefly in Texas. He moved on to elementary and middle school administrative roles and then served as an area director overseeing a cluster of K-12 schools and coordinating district curriculum, as well as serving as an assistant superintendent of support services, also all in the Hillsboro School District. He served as superintendent in California and Oregon prior to beginning his tenure.

His career highlights include improving equity and culture proficiency in the state's K-12 instruction through the Oregon Leadership Network and the Oregon State Action for Educational Leadership Project, and developing equal access and opportunity to instruction and equity systems around student behavior and hiring practices in the districts where he has worked. Dr. Balderas was appointed to serve on the Oregon State Board of Education in 2018.

Being engaged with the community is important to Dr. Balderas, and he has served on several local and state educational and civic boards to develop and grow community partnerships. In addition to serving on the Oregon State Board of Education, he was a board member of the Oregon Department of Education English Learner Advisory Group, Connected Lane County and Early Learning Alliance. Dr. Balderas is also a volunteer consulting superintendent for the Educational Research and Development Institute and the Suburban School Superintendents national organizations. He is a founding member and past president of the Oregon Association of Latino Administrators. He currently serves as NW regional representatives and treasurer for the national Association of Latino Administrators Superintendents.

Dr. Baladeras also serves on the boards of the United Way of Lane County, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Trillium CCO Community Advisory Board and PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Community Health Board. He collaborates with other government agencies, area businesses and non-profit organizations to provide the highest quality of education and care for students.

Dr. Balderas was named the Oregon Distinguished Latinx Educator of the Year, The Oregon Superintendent of the Year, and the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

Learn More about Dr. Balderas:
Gustavo Balderas:  Education as a Pathway out of Poverty by Joan Haran
(Produced by the University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication)  

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