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Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program (CRY-ROP)

 Stephanie Houston

Stephanie Houston, Ed.D.

Starting as a Career Technical Education professional twenty years ago, I have been a CTE teacher, program manager, director and now proudly serve as superintendent. My vision is to empower individuals to reach their potential, by capitalizing on strengths and growing from challenges, thus creating a broad range of choices.  My success has been defined by the capacity I have helped to build within individuals toward this vision.  I believe in the power of life-long learning, and self-discovery that comes from access to opportunities. My life’s work has been to lead high investment initiatives to ensure a broad range of choices for students. In order to lead change and achieve positive results for students, I believe there must be a shared vision, and alignment of resolve.

Our educational system is changing, and CRY-ROP is on the leading edge of the change efforts. I understand that education in the information age is a complex challenge. There is no single recipe or protocols to guarantee success. Outside factors certainly influence outcomes, and experience helps, but the reality is that educating our next generation is complex- and takes the collective work of the entire community for sustained success. At CRY-ROP, we continue to gain momentum by engaging our entire community of educators, K-12 students, career seekers, business partners and parents.

As the CRY-ROP superintendent, my goals are:

  • To provide visionary leadership and strategic planning to focus human and material resources towards the primary goal of outstanding quality career and technical education for students;
  • To maintain productive board and staff relations with open communication;
  • To be a highly visible educational leader; and
  • To continue to develop community partnerships in support of student success, a strong workforce pipeline, and vibrant economy.

In addition to a professional clear teaching credential and administrative services credential, I earned a Liberal Studies/ Bilingual-Cross Cultural bachelor’s degree from California State University San Bernardino, and a master’s degree in Educational Administration at the University of Redlands. I am currently in the doctoral program at Brandman University, completing coursework in Organizational Leadership.  Throughout my career, I have affiliated myself with career technical education organizations such as the California Association of Regional Occupational Centers/Programs (CAROCP), National Association of Career Technical Education Information, California Workforce Association (CWA), California Association of Leaders for Career Preparation (CALCP), and Association of Career Technical Education (ACTE).  I am active in other professional education associations such as, Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), California School Boards Association (CSBA), the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Youth Council. I serve on the California Department(CDE) of Education AB 790 Advisory Committee tasked with implementing pathways and linked learning as a transformational change in high schools. Additionally, I have over 10 years of accreditation experience as a visiting team member and team chair. Most recently, I was appointed to the Council on Occupational Education accreditation commission.

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