José L. Manzo has served as Superintendent of the Oak Grove School District since July 2012. Mr. Manzo earned his undergraduate degree from Chico State where he also received his single subject and multiple subject credentials. He holds a master’s degree and administrative credential from San Jose State University.
Mr. Manzo 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 strong educational opportunities. 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 been recognized for his work in Education by the State Department of Education, The City of San Jose, The Grail Family Services and the NAACP. He was awarded the Trailblazing Leader Award from the Santa Clara Office of Education for his work with English Language Learners.
Prior to serving as Superintendent he had been 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.
Mr. Manzo is a member of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and has served on ACSA’s State Superintendents Council. He is a member of the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA). He previously served as chairperson of the South East Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) and chair of the Santa Clara County Superintendents Association (SCCSA). Mr. Manzo has served at a state level as secretary, vice president, and president of the California City Schools Superintendent Association and on the Board of the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT). Mr. Manzo was selected as the 2021 State Superintendent of the Year by the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) and the 2022 Region 8 Superintendent of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).
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