Dear South Bay Adult School Community,
For the past three years, I have had the honor of working with one of the greatest community of learners: the staff and students of the South Bay Adult School. During that time, I have experienced a roller-coaster of professional challenges, as well as emotional challenges. In the beginning, we started building up our community with an expanded online presence, new Career Pathways and a renewed focus on the science and art of teaching adult learners. In addition, we helped and supported everyone in our community to achieve the goal of greater English proficiency; earning a high school diploma or equivalency faster, and increased certification options for people looking for a new career.
But when the pandemic hit, we were very fortunate to have such a dedicated team of professionals. SBAS immediately switched to online instruction, expanded services to keep students in class, and was even recognized by U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Adult Education for our innovative practices. On top of that, SBAS was THE ONLY location in LA County during the summer of 2020 that offered GED testing! Everyone worked to make adjustments to get as many students into class to keep learning, and hopefully, mitigating (as much as possible) the effects of the pandemic.
It is with mixed emotion that I share a new opportunity has presented itself and I am happy to announce that I will be taking over as the Director of Adult Education for the Cabrillo Unified School District in the city of Half Moon Bay California. After a little over 17 years in the Redondo Beach Unified School District, my last official day at SBAS will be on June 30th. It has been an honor serving as the Director of the South Bay Adult School, and in all of the positions that I have been privileged to serve in this school district. I am confident that the South Bay Adult School, as well as the Redondo Beach Unified School District, are in a little bit better shape than when I first arrived. I look forward to hearing and reading about all of the future successes of the amazing team of educators, staff and, most importantly, the students at SBAS for years to come. Thank you to you all!
Drew Gamet, Director