José L. Manzo has served as Superintendent of the Oak Grove School District in San Jose since July 2012. Oak Grove operates 19 schools as well three small schools-within-a-school serving approximately 10,600 students. He earned his under graduate degree from Chico State where he also received his single subject credential and multiple subject credential. He holds a master’s degree and administrative credential from San Jose State University.
He has first-hand experience with the impact and power of education. As an immigrant to the United States in 1972, he and his family worked as field laborers. He continued that work until graduating from college. From that point on he made it his mission to ensure all students have the same opportunities he had. To that end, he has established strong partnerships with organizations, educational institutions, and non-profits to maximize resources for professional development, programs and services to benefit the students of Oak Grove. He has graciously been recognized for his work in Education by the State Department of Education, The City of San Jose, The Grail Family Services, the NAACP and most recently was awarded the Trailblazing Leader Award from the Santa Clara Office of Education for his work with English Language Learners.
Over the course of his 25 years in education, he has had the opportunity to serve as a teacher, vice principal, principal, manager of human resources, director of elementary education, assistant superintendent, deputy superintendent, and since 2008 as a superintendent in Santa Clara County.
He is a member of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), also having served on ACSA’s State Superintendent’s Council. He is a member and stark supporter of the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) and the Board of the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT). He previously served as chairman of the South East Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), chair of the Santa Clara County Superintendent’s Association, and at a state level serving as secretary, vice president and president of the California City Schools Superintendent Association.
Superintendent Manzo says he is humbled and honored to serve the students and families of the Oak Grove School District.