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New Head of School Selected for 2017-18
Posted 11/04/2016 04:14PM

La Reina High School and Middle School’s Board of Trustees enthusiastically and unanimously voted to accept the recommendation of the Search Committee to hire Tony Guevara as La Reina’s new Head of School, effective July 1, 2017.

“Tony Guevara is a seasoned leader and clearly stood out as the best match.  Tony’s ‘fit’ with the values, culture and needs of La Reina led to the Search Committee’s recommendation,” stated Henry K. Workman, Jr., La Reina’s board chair. 

“We conducted a comprehensive and exhaustive national search, and gathered input from all La Reina constituents as to the characteristics of the ideal Head of School.  Dedicated members of our community provided evaluations and feedback.  Based on this thorough review, all criteria pointed to Tony,” added Workman.

Guevara brings to La Reina more than three decades of experience in a wide range of academic leadership positions in Catholic education.  He currently serves as President of Blanchet Catholic School in Salem, Oregon. 

At Blanchet, and with deep experience in fundraising from previous positions, Guevara has led the development and implementation of a broad-based strategic planning process resulting in a five year plan and associated $6.5M capital campaign. 

Prior to his current position, Guevara served as Principal of Blanchet for several years.  In this role, he guided initiatives to advance the school’s college preparatory mission including implementing new advancement placement and honors courses.  He also expanded the Fine and Performing Arts department, significantly increasing student participation in the music program. 

A passionate advocate of single gender education, Guevara began his career as a teacher and coach at an all-boys Catholic school in Northern California.  He also enjoyed serving as the Assistant Commissioner of the CIF-North Coast Section in the early 1990s.

Guevara looks forward to continuing a more than 50 year tradition of academic excellence for girls at La Reina.

“I am awed and overjoyed to have been chosen to lead La Reina High School and Middle School. La Reina has built a strong tradition of excellent single gender girls’ education on the vision and principles of the Sisters of Notre Dame,” added Guevara.  “It will be my honor and privilege to collaborate in this mission with faculty, staff, families and benefactors.  Together we will continue to build the legacy of La Reina for current and future generations of Regents.”

Guevara holds a M.A. from the University of San Francisco in Education, and a B.A. from Humboldt State University where he also completed the requirements for the California Teaching Credential.  He has chaired and served on a variety of school accreditation teams. 

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