Press Release - San Mateo County Education Officials Receive High Honors

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Anne E. Campbell and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Gary Waddell received high honors from the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA).

Superintendent Campbell received the Perpetual Award for Outstanding Accomplishments and was recognized as “an inspiration to current superintendents and all to follow.” CCSESA noted Campbell’s work on The Big Lift, DataZone, and environmental education as well as her efforts to address the achievement gap and expand access to early childhood care and education. Campbell also chaired the CCSESA Research Committee.

Dr. Waddell received the 2017 CCSESA Steering Committee Star Award and was recognized for the critical leadership role he has played in the organization and for his “hard work and dedication.” Dr. Waddell served as the Chair and Past Chair of CCSESA’s Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) for the last five years. During his tenure, he led the committee’s efforts to help county offices of education and school districts to understand the State’s Local Control Funding Formula and develop Local Control and Accountability Plans. He is also credited with creating and expanding tools to support English and Language Arts programs across the state, reconstituting the Mathematics Forum and Algebra Forum, and exploring and expanding thoughtful arts programs throughout the State of California.

CCSESA’s mission is to strengthen the service and leadership capabilities of California’s County Superintendents in support of students, schools, districts, and communities. Through a system of 11 service regions, CCSESA provides the organizational mechanism for the 58 County Superintendents of Schools to design and implement statewide programs to identify and promote quality, cost-effective educational practices and services and to provide support to school districts.


The San Mateo County Office of Education is committed to ensuring excellence and equity in education by inspiring students, investing in teachers, invigorating leaders, and involving communities.

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