Ross School District

Heart • Mind • Action

Dear Members of the Ross School Community,

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Michael McDowell as the next Superintendent of the Ross School District.  His selection is the result of extensive community input and a rigorous search that attracted outstanding candidates from across the country. In a field of extremely motivated and impressive educators, Dr. McDowell stood out from the start.

In addition to wide-ranging experience as a middle school science and math teacher, high school principal, school development coach, and national speaker and presenter, Dr. McDowell has held a number of district-level administrative positions.  He currently serves as Associate Superintendent of Instructional and Personnel Services at Tamalpais Union High School District.  Dr. McDowell holds a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne, a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Redlands.

Dr. McDowell has a record of innovation in education that will continue to elevate the K-8 experience at Ross School.  He is deeply devoted to a positive culture of trust, respect, and success. “I am honored and privileged to be able to work with the Ross School community to build on the excellence that is the hallmark of the District, and to welcome fresh perspectives,” says Dr. McDowell.

Superintendent Chi Kim, who is relocating out of state after three years of distinguished service, says, “I am incredibly proud of the Ross School team's accomplishments over the last three years. I know that Dr. McDowell will continue our commitment to integrate project-based learning and innovation with the goal of developing habits of heart, mind, and action for our students. His passion and expertise will take our wonderful district to the next level.”

We welcome Dr. McDowell and value his ability to connect with members of the learning community at all levels. We are confident he is an energetic leader who will continue to implement the vision we have set for Ross School.


The Ross School Board of Trustees

Whit Gaither, John Longley, Todd Blake, Ann Sutro and Josh Fisher


    Michael McDowell and Family  Michael McDowell and Board




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