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Superintendent

Message from the superintendent

Mike Gardner has been the Waugh School District Superintendent since July 2019.  Prior to coming to Waugh, Mike served as the Executive Director of Student Services with San Rafael City Schools for three years. In that role he was responsible for oversight of all special education programs and services in the district, as well as counseling services, and 504 planning. He was also responsible for overseeing anti-bias/anti-bullying efforts, student discipline, attendance, enrollment and overall health and wellness of students. 

Prior to that assignment, he was the Assistant Director of Student Services with San Rafael City Schools for six years, providing administrative support to special education programs in the elementary grades. His background also includes 4 years of administrative work with the Marin County Office of Education and Timothy Murphy School.  

Mike is proudest of his work as a special education teacher, and has always used creative strategies to support the needs of all students. 

Mike is married, has two children who are students in Waugh, and lives about a mile from both Corona Creek and Meadow. Mike and his family can often be seen walking their dog, Gracie, around the neighborhood. He grew up and attended schools in Marin County, obtained his bachelor’s degree from UC Davis, earned his special education teaching credential at Dominican University, and Master’s degree from the University of San Francisco. While working in San Rafael, he was the Terra Linda Varsity Wrestling Coach for seven years, leading his team to seven Marin County Athletic League Championships and many distinguished academic awards. More recently, Mike co-founded the Petaluma Wrestling Club and is actively involved in coaching area youth.  

 Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke said of Mike, “When I think of Mike Gardner, I think of someone who is an approachable leader, effective communicator, and passionate about ensuring the success of all students…..He is a leader who is well respected by his colleagues, humble, and kind”

 Mike can be reached via email at mgardner@waughsd.org or at the Corona Creek office (707)765-3331.

 

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History of the Waugh School District

Lorenzo Waugh was born in 1808 in Greensbriar, Virginia.  He traveled west in 1851 and eventually arrived in California.  He became friends with General Vallejo and was given 320 acres of land, on which he built Bethel School.  The one-room school burned down, but was replaced with the new Waugh School building in 1925.  It then remained a rural, two-teacher school until the 1980’s.  Between 1989 and 1991, Waugh School grew from 38 students to 155 students and the site became too small for the increasing number of students.

Plans began for a new school to be built.  The new site was located on Maria Drive.  Students helped choose the name for the new school - Meadow.  Students also helped choose the school mascot, a hawk, and the school colors teal and black.  The buildings were completed in October 1991, and students and staff packed boxes and moved together to the new campus.  Saying goodbye to Waugh School was sad for many, but the beauty and practicality of Meadow School made the move worthwhile.

Corona Creek Elementary was opened during the 1997/1998 school year in order to accommodate the continued growth the community had experienced. The school district has continued to grow with enrollment increasing to well over 900 students each year.