Michael Watkins

Superintendent of Schools

Michael Watkins began his teaching career with the Oakland Public Schools and from there went to work for the Alameda County Office of Education. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology, Life-Time Teaching Credentials in secondary and special education, and a Masters in School Administration.

His work with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education began when he assumed the position of Learning Handicapped Program Specialist later becoming the Director of Special Education. Before becoming Superintendent, he served as the Director of Alternative Education where he was honored by both the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors and the Watsonville City Council for his work with at-risk youth and for outstanding achievements in education.

Michael was elected as Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools in November, 2006, and is now in his second term.

He held the statewide position of President of the Juvenile Court and Community Alternative School Administrators of California and currently holds the position of President-Elect of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA). Michael has consistently given back to the community whether coaching youth baseball or by serving on local boards, currently including: Youth Resource Bank, Workforce Investment Board, Children’s Network, Tannery Arts Committee, United Way, Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.