Guest Speaker: Stephan Glass, Principal WCHS—Student Programs
Stephen R. D. Glass was born and raised in Long Beach, California to William and Sharon Glass. He was educated in the ABC Unified School District where he matriculated at the prestigious Whitney High School before following in the footsteps of his hero, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. At Morehouse, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in history.
Immediately following his college graduation, he was fortunate to earn an work for Governor Zell Miller of Georgia, under the direction of Secretary of State Max Cleland, as a Georgia Governor's Intern.
In 1995, he returned to Southern California in pursuit of a career in education. After spending three years as a middle school teacher in his home district, ABC Unified School District, he was selected as a Fulbright Teacher Fellow. This opportunity allowed him to travel to Japan as a guest of the Japanese government to review their educational program in an effort to improve cross-cultural academic opportunities.
Upon his return to the States, he accepted a teaching position in Orange Unified School District. Stephen would later serve as assistant principal for 8 years before accepting his first principalship at Compton High School (Compton Unified School District) in 2013. Under his direction and leadership, Compton High School increased its graduation rates by 35% in three years. He also transformed the school by doubling the Advanced Placement offerings from 8 to 16 courses and increasing the number of students who enrolled in the AP program as well as AP tests by 200%. He also established the first Chinese Language program in the District's history.
He earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Glass currently serves as Principal at West Covina High School. Last year, he was voted Secondary Principal of the Year for West Covina Unified School District.
Dr. Glass is blessed to be husband to his beautiful wife of seven years, Sheryl; and honored to be father to his daughter, Teagan, who is four years old.