Marquette native named superintendent in California

MARQUETTE  — Dr. Terry Ann (Beling) Deloria was recently named superintendent of the Jefferson Union High School District in the Bay Area of California.

Deloria, a Marquette native and graduate of Gwinn High School and Northern Michigan University, took over leadership of the district located south of San Francisco on Sept. 5.

“I was impressed with the Board’s commitment to all students,” Deloria said in a press release. “Our board wants every student to be prepared for college and careers so that he/she will be successful AND happy in life.”

The JUHSD Board of Trustees selected Deloria after considering multiple candidates in a nationwide search. Deloria comes to the district from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, where she was most recently assistant superintendent for educational services.

“The Board is excited to welcome Dr. Deloria to our district,” JUHSD Board President Rosie Tejada said. “She is a proven leader with a strong understanding of what we need to grow as a district.”

Deloria’s achievements in Santa Monica include implementing an “Excellence Through Equity” program aimed at helping all students thrive, coaching school principals in leadership training and directing a district-wide technology plan.

She began her education career as a high school math teacher in Santa Clarita and worked as an assistant principal and summer school principal before moving into district administrative positions, first in the William S. Hart Unified School District and then in the Santa Monica district, where she has been since 2012.

Deloria holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership from California State University and a master of science degree in educational technology from Pepperdine University.

She connected immediately to the relatively small JUHSD community.

“I could sense in talking with members of the community that there is a ‘hometown culture’ and district loyalty despite the urban setting,” Deloria said after touring JUHSD schools. “I’m excited to get to know the staff and community members who promote this culture and pride.”