(Speaker August 17, 2017, Pete Flores III Bio continued)
Pete Flores III, co-founder of One Community Action, will be our guest speaker at the August 17th General Membership meeting. He is the Director of Student Services of Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.
Flores will focus on the current political and social climate, drawing parallels to years of institutional and systemic barriers that continue to exist for students of color and their families in all levels of public schools. He will also introduce the importance of cultural competence for addressing implicit bias, and racial and ethnic disparities that contribute to parents and students becoming disenfranchised with school.
Flores previously served in the United States Navy where he attended the Senior Enlisted Leadership Academy and earned the Excellence in Achievement Award. While serving in the Navy, he completed an Associate of Arts in Busi-ness Administration from West Hills College and a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts with a focus in Administrative and Management studies from Excelsior College. After honorably serving in the United States Navy for 25 years, he retired in 2004 as a Command Master Chief.
Flores began his second career in education as a high school teacher in 2004. He was a Naval Science In-structor at Everett Alvarez High School in Salinas and Soledad High School in Soledad. While at Soledad High School, he was a finalist for the San Francisco Bay Area Teacher of the Year. He also attended John F. Kennedy University and transitioned to Administration as Dean of Students of Soledad High School. He went on to serve as Dean of Students at Phillips Freedom Community Day School and Assistant Principal at Flam-son Middle School in Paso Robles.
In 2010, Flores became Assistant Principal in charge of Student Affairs at Santa Maria High School and completed his Master of Arts degree in Education with a specialization in Culturally Responsive Education from Ashford University. In 2015, he was promoted to his current position as Director of Student Services.
Additionally, Flores attended and has been a faculty member of Just Communities for the Institute for Equity in Education and attended and co-facilitated cultural proficiency training at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles as part of the Tools for Tolerance for Educators program. In 2016, he was selected for the Collaborative Online Doctorate in Educational Leadership (CODEL) program jointly offered by CSU Channel Islands and Fresno State .