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Dana Salles Trevethan:

Positive Relationships between a Student and Teacher is Most Important

Dana Trevethan is an experienced educational leader with 26 years of experience in public education.  Trevethan became Turlock Unified School District's eleventh superintendent on July 1, 2015.  She leads the district's stragegic efforts to make Learning Today...Leading Tomorrow a reality in preparing all students to be college and career ready for the 21st Century.  Her strategy involves a focus on best instructional practices, standards-based assessment data, and continuous collaboration focused on results and a multi-tiered system of supports that include intervention and enrichment to meet all students’ needs.  Dana firmly believes that positive student-teacher relationships are the key to student engagement and academic success.

Dana began her career teaching language arts and technology at the intermediate level at Frank Sparks Middle School in Winton, California in 1988 and at Gustine Junior High School in 1989, prior to teaching English at Turlock High School (THS) from 1990-1996.  She then served as THS’s Dean of Students from 1996-1999 and Assistant Principal of Curriculum/Instruction and Counseling from 1999-2001, before taking the helm as Principal from 2001-2012.  Dana joined the district office administration team in 2013 as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services before being appointed as Interim Superintendent in July, 2015.

Over the past 15 years, Dana has chartered a course of excellence at the site and district levels, implementing a student-centered results-oriented educational system.   Increased collaboration, focused on assessing student learning, diagnosing students’ needs, and prescribing support and resources, has supported this system.    Because of Dana’s shared leadership style and focus on stakeholder engagement, TUSD continues to successfully weather many of the sea changes affecting education related to Common Core, national assessments, and the Local Control Accountability Plan. 

For the past 10 years, Dana has continued to give back to her alma mater, CSU, Stanislaus, where she has served as an adjunct instructor for the Advanced Studies in Education Program for aspiring administrators.  In addition to her mentoring contributions, Dana was recognized as the Turlock Chamber of Commerce’s Educator of the Year in 2010, the Central California Portuguese Education Foundation’s Educator of the Year in 2011, California League of High School Educator of the Year (Region 6) in 2013, and the Association of California’s School Administrators (ACSA) Secondary Principal of the Year (Region 7) in 2013.   Dana has lived in the Turlock community since 1983, and her three children—Garrett, Jonas, and Kendall—have taken advantage of the educational opportunities at Crowell, Julien, and Walnut Elementary Schools, Dutcher Middle School, and Turlock High School to prepare them for their educational endeavors.