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In this episode, Dr. Todd Cutler discusses the level of commitment that his staff has toward students in the Winters Joint Unified School District. As a superintendent, Dr. Cutler is focused on leveraging his community’s commitment to its students to executing a vision of career readiness that empowers students to thrive after graduation. With a focus on career exploration through exposure and experience, WJUSD understands the necessity of student self-discovery.
About Dr. Todd Cutler
Dr. Dr. Todd Cutler began his education career teaching and coaching at both the middle school and high school levels. He began his school administration career in 1998 and has served in an array of positions. He has been a Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Principal. School Improvement Analyst, Administrative Coach, Deputy Superintendent, as well as Superintendent. Todd is currently serving as the Superintendent for Winters Joint Unified School District.
Cutler attended New Mexico State University Where he was an Academic All-American Football player. He received his B.S. degree in Secondary Education from NMSU. Todd went on to earn his Masters in Education Administration from the University of Phoenix, and lastly earned his Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Along with Dr. Cutler’s educational and professional experience, he has demonstrated a commitment to be involved with the communities he has lived and worked. Examples include volunteering as a site director for Inner City Games in Las Vegas, Nevada, serving as the Mayor of Fernley, Nevada, a member of the Susanville Rotary Board, a member of the Rocklin Education Excellence Foundation, and is currently serving on the Winters Chamber of Commerce Board.
Todd has a philosophy of collaborative leadership. He understands the importance of engaging all stakeholders in the education process. He is committed to doing what is best for students and has a proven track record of improved student achievement under his service.
About Winters Joint Unified School District
The Winters Joint Unified School District serves approximately 1550 students within the city of Winters and surrounding unincorporated areas of Yolo and Solano counties. The District schools are Waggoner Elementary (grades K-3), Shirley Rominger Intermediate School (grades 4–5), Winters Middle School (grades 6–8), Winters High School (grades 9–12), and Wolfskill Continuation High School.
The District employs approximately 200 employees. Using the interest-based bargaining approach, employee groups and the District have a positive working relationship.
The District student population is approximately 66% Hispanic/Latino, 31% Caucasian, and 3% other. Students have access to excellent core academic programs which are complimented by strong curricular and extra-curricular activities, including visual/performing arts, advanced placement courses, student leadership, and athletics.
A variety of resources are available to support staff in providing a quality education to the students. The District receives State and Federal funding for programs, including Title I, School Improvement Programs, Gifted and Talented Education, Migrant Education, as well as participating in the BTSA New Teacher Program through a consortium with Davis and Esparto School Districts and University of California — Davis.
The Winters community has a history of involvement in its schools, and the District welcomes parent involvement at all grade levels.
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