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Steve Gocke, Ph.D., Retired Superintendent

Dr. Steve Gocke dedicated his career to education as a teacher, assistant principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent for California schools. He joined the Learn4Life team in 2011 as the executive vice president of administration and served in that role until his retirement in 2018. Under his leadership and dedication, Learn4Life achieved the highest standards of excellence in educational programs. He has a B.A. in psychology from Loyola University; a M.A. in educational psychology from California State University of Northridge; and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Williams Lyons University.

Armando Lopez, Former Mayor of Parlier, California

Armando Lopez has served in a variety of elected positions for the city of Parlier, California, including a 12-year term as mayor. Under his leadership, the city expanded housing and educational facilities through a ballot measure that raised $4.5 million for Parlier High School. He serves as a board of the Elected Latinos Mayors Coalition, which he co-founded, and is a member of the Central Valley Water Board, which fights for equal distribution of water rights for local farmers. He also is an active member of the Latino Mayors Coalition and Crescent View Charter Schools Board of Directors.

David Petropulos, Principal

David Petropulos a first-generation American and entrepreneur, is the principal of Kerman Christian School. His career in education began in 1993 when he became a physical education teacher at a small K-8 school in rural Fresno, California, advancing through the ranks to the assistant principal role. In 2007, he joined the charter movement as Crescent View Charter High School’s assistant principal, and later regional principal, where he expanded the program from two small sites to 11 sites in five counties overseeing a talented team of 250 people. He has a B.A. from Fresno State University.

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