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Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District



 Nellie Meyer
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Dr. Nellie Meyer has served as Superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District since July 2019.
Previously, Dr. Meyer served for nearly six years as the Superintendent of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD), one of the largest school districts in California, serving seven municipalities in Contra Costa County with more than 32,000 students, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade on 56 campuses.  While there, she implemented a district-wide initiative for Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and launched the District’s College Now Program. She also led the effort to establish the region’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme high school in the District.
Dr. Meyer also previously served in several key roles for the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), including as the Deputy Superintendent of Academics, Chief High School Improvement Officer, Executive Director of Dropout Prevention, Interim Chief Elementary School Improvement Officer, and Assistant Superintendent of High Schools.
Dr. Meyer began her career in education as a teacher’s aide in one of San Diego’s most diverse elementary schools at the time, Jackson Elementary, while also pursuing her bachelor’s in Psychology. She holds teaching credentials in Social Science, English, and Language Development, and has had a range of classroom experiences across grade levels, from 5th grade Literacy, to 8th grade Algebra, to 12th grade Economics. While at SDUSD, Dr. Meyer also served in roles as a high school dean of students, vice principal, and principal.
Dr. Meyer obtained her Master’s degree in Administration and her Doctorate in Education from San Diego State University. Her doctoral thesis was on dropout prevention, and student voice issues she remains passionate about and regularly presents on as a speaker and leadership coach. Dr. Meyer has also presented in national venues on school system best practices, school turnaround, and educational leadership. She has led and served on numerous community task force groups focused on advancing student achievement at all grade levels, establishing support networks and systems for at-risk youth, and partnering with higher-education organizations. Here in the MVLA community, Dr. Meyer serves on the Challenge Team, City of Mountain View Mayor’s Roundtable, and various representative committees.
Dr. Meyer’s professional recognitions have included the Freedom Award, the Kappan Women of Distinction Award, and a Turning Around High Schools award from the San Diego Democratic Club.  She is a member of several professional organizations, she serves as the current President of the City School Superintendents, is a member of the  Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ACSD), the California School Boards Association (CSBA), the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE), and California City School Superintendents (CCSS).
She has been married to her husband Martin for thirty years and has two adult children, James and Georgia.
MVLA Magazine, February 2021

MVLA Magazine, February 2021

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