Dr. Duane Coleman, Superintendent
I am Duane Coleman and it is my absolute privilege to be the Superintendent of Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD). The first thing you should know about me is, I am a kid from Oceanside. I am a product of the schools I now lead. I attended Laurel Elementary, Jefferson Middle School (though at the time it was Jefferson Junior High), and I am a proud graduate of Oceanside High School (Once a Pirate always a Pirate!).
Without question, the educational opportunities I experienced in Oceanside opened the doors that allowed me to pursue a college education. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Hawaii, went on to complete my master’s in Business Education at National University and I then earned my Education Specialist Degree from Point Loma University. With some true grit and extremely hard work, I finally earned my Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Alliant International University.
I have been an educator for over 35 years. This “calling” taken me from a classroom teacher here in Oceanside, to working as a site administrator in in both Oceanside and San Dieguito. I eventually took on the role of Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for OUSD and in 2014, I became Superintendent of the finest district in California, Oceanside Unified.
I did not do any of this alone. Here in Oceanside, we have not only a commitment but a promise, to every one of our kids. The promise that every child that graduates from one of our schools be college, career and life ready. This is the Oceanside Promise.
So what does that mean? It means that not only is OUSD committed to the success of our kids but so is our entire community. Our kids are the future and it is our job, not just as educators but as a community, to prepare them for life. To ensure they have the supports and tools they need to be productive citizens, to make sound decisions, and to be able to give back to the neighborhoods they grew up in.
The Oceanside Promise is a commitment by the community, and anchored by OUSD, to work together to provide youth and their families, with the best coordinated and data-driven efforts to ensure young people enter adulthood prepared to succeed. Is this audacious? Yes. Is this a lot of work? Yes. Is this necessary? Absolutely yes.
OUSD will make sure all of our kids are ready for kindergarten, are literate by the 3rd grade, that all 9th graders are on track to graduate, and that all of our kids graduate high school ready to go to college or have the technical skills they need to start a career.
Every teacher and staff member at OUSD is committed to providing each and every child we serve the best educational experience possible, and so is the community of Oceanside. The more hands and hearts involved –the greater the impact. Together, we will make sure the next generation is the best generation.
OUSD Vision Video -- Dr. Duane Coleman