Mick Founts

Mick Founts
Mick Founts - Presidential Choice

In 1976, Mick Founts graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.A. in English. Four years later, he obtained his Master's Degree in
Education and two credentials: Administrative and Pupil Personnel
Services. Mick was awarded his Doctor of Education degree from
University of the Pacific in 1995. During his 38 year career in
education he has been an English classroom teacher, high school and
college football coach, assistant principal for a continuation school,
assistant principal for a comprehensive high school, a Coordinator of
Child Welfare and Attendance, a Director of Alternative Programs, an
Assistant Superintendent of Alternative Education Programs and
Charters, an Associate Superintendent of County Operated Schools and
Programs, Deputy Superintendent of San Joaquin County Office of
Education Student Programs and Services, and in 2010 was elected as San
Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools. As Superintendent of Schools,
Founts is charged with the ultimate responsibility for all activities
of San Joaquin County Office of Education.

In 1991 Mick began the San Joaquin County Office of Education
Community School Program. The ``one.Program'' includes Court School as
well as Community School and is recognized throughout the State as an
innovative alternative education program. It now serves more than 1,500
at-risk students working to overcome obstacles leading to a high school
diploma. Mick was the Juvenile Court, Community, and Alternative School
Administrators of California President elect (1996-97), President
(1997-1998), and Past President (1998-1999).

Superintendent Founts has either authorized or developed some of the
most unique public charter schools in California. These include
agricultural academies, technology sites, fine and performing arts high
schools, collegiate sports academies, career and technical education
academies, and many more . . . all within San Joaquin County. Dr.
Founts currently served as a Commissioner on the California State Board
of Education Advisory Commission on Charter Schools. His commitment to
Career and Technical Education, Agriculture, Migrant Education,
Technology, and Outdoor Education is constant, as is his commitment to
Teachers College of San Joaquin; the first college operated by a County
Office of education. This commitment extends to the many events that
SJCOE sponsors for students throughout the County: Academic Decathlon,
Science Olympiad, Math Olympiad, Mock Trial, as well as the local and
State Spelling Bee, to name just a few.

In 2013, he was one of twenty Superintendents to work with Governor
Brown to support the reform effort aimed at bringing more money to
children in our schools. In addition, he championed a variety of
programs to fill the void in operations and support programs created
from budget cuts in sports, technology, and art clinics, as well as
helped fundraise to send more than 200 students to Outdoor Education by
way of fundraising.

Also during his term as San Joaquin County Office of Education
Superintendent, Mick served as an environmental steward for schools by
designing a cutting edge Solar Parking Lot linked to the SJCOE Clean
Transportation Technologies Academy and New Energy Academy funded by a
partnership between PG&E, SJCOE, and California Department of
Education. Its curriculum is devoted to renewable energy and green
technology topics with the goal of giving students a foundation for
college and jobs in the clean tech industry.

Superintendent Founts was instrumental in the formation of the
County's career academy concept that will prepare kids for work and
college. His vision created a state-of-the-art career and technical
education facility along with regional occupational programs and
centers such as Career Academy of Cosmetology. In addition, through SJ
Building Futures Academy and SJ Regional Conservation Corps, he helped
give young adults viable work skills as well as keeping them off the
street by providing a second chance at a high school diploma.
Like his taste for variety in education, Mick also enjoys an array of
hobbies. In addition to his career in education, he is a ranch owner
and farmer for his family's South African Boer Goat business Biggy
Farms and regularly competes in National livestock shows. Mick played
and coached both high school and college football and continues to
enjoy sports. He can often be found at a local football or basketball
game. Mick was raised in a musical family and played in bands during
his younger years. He continues to play the guitar for his own
enjoyment and has an appreciation for many different musical styles. He
also has a love for Victorian homes and he and his family have enjoyed
restoring one on their own property.

Mick's impact on students covers many years and it is not unusual to
hear grown men refer to him as ``coach'' to this day. Previous students
often call his office or stop by to share that they would not be where
they are today had it not been for his influence. When Mick retires at
the end of his term, he leaves a legacy that spans many generations.