First, I’d like to express how proud I am to have the opportunity to serve the community as the Superintendent of Schools for the Brea Olinda Unified School District since December 1, 2007. I look forward to working with the Board of Education and collaborating with our talented staff and faculty. Some of you already know me from my six years as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services prior to becoming Superintendent. For those who don’t, allow me to give you a brief summary of my professional experience, thus far.
My early education began as a kindergarten student at Laurel Elementary School in the Brea Olinda Unified School District. My educational career began in 1976 as a math and history teacher in the Orange Unified School District (OUSD). Over the years I also worked as a school counselor, activities director, coach, cheerleading advisor, assistant principal and eventually a principal in both OUSD and Saddleback Valley Unified School District. Subsequently, I worked as the Director of Human Resources in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District prior to coming to BOUSD to oversee the management and operation of the Business Services division of the District. The broad range of my previous career opportunities is both personally rewarding and I believe beneficial to my work as Superintendent.
I see my current role as Superintendent to be a catalyst that sets the tone for all of us to “Honor the Past, Challenge the Present, and Envision the Future.” Students, staff, parents and the community of the Brea Olinda Unified School District have a long and proud tradition of excellence in academic achievement, athletics and co-curricular programs. We must not forget our past accomplishments and must remember to take time to celebrate our current successes. At the same time, to continue to improve in all areas, we must sometimes challenge the present. When discussing how things get done in BOUSD, folks say (sometimes with pride and sometimes with dismay) that it’s just the Brea Way. I challenge all of us to see if the Brea Way is truly the Best Way! If it is, let’s continue to support that effort. If it’s not, let’s examine what we can do to turn the Brea Way into the Best Way. Finally, I see my role as helping to facilitate and craft a new shared vision for Brea Olinda, our Compass 2020 plan.
I look forward to a bright future for our District as we continue working together to provide all students with high quality, rigorous and relevant educational experiences in an "any time, any place, any path, any pace" environment that will ultimately lead to success in the workplace, college, and career.
A.J. "Skip" Roland, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools