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Juan Rodriguez, Principal


Juan Rodriguez is proud to be entering his sixth year as principal of Venetia Valley K-8 School.  A veteran administrator of San Rafael City Schools, he is well known in the county for his partnership with various community agencies, his role as a board member of Marin Kids, First 5 Marin County and Marin County School Volunteers, and his former role as principal of Bahia Vista School, where he served for eleven years.  Prior to SRCS, he worked as Vice Principal for three years in the counties of Sonoma and Los Angeles.  His seven years of teaching experience took place in his hometown of Pomona where he dedicated himself to giving back to his native city. He holds a bachelor degree in Political Science from UCLA and two masters degrees from Claremont Graduate School and Cal State L.A.. 


Educated in the school of life as well as at the university, Juan is bilingual, bi-cultural and bi-literate. His first language was Spanish. He is the son of a migrant farm worker and, at age four, participated in Head Start. His family was mentored by an elementary school Instructional Assistant named Paula Rios for over a decade at her own initiative. She showed Juan and his siblings the pathway to college. He understands from first hand experience what our families face, what support structures are most effective, and what is at stake.  


Providing the highest quality education is his life's work.  His connection to the community is authentic and the support he extends is above and beyond the title. His success in developing school communities and uniting them around a shared vision for instructional excellence and personal growth has won him much recognition; he was honored as a Rose Paul Award recipient by the Osher Marin JCC in 2016, Marin Democrats' Latino Leader of the Year in 2013, Marin Educator of the Year in 2012, Marin County School Administrator Association Administrator of the Year in 2010, the Latino Chamber of Commerce Hector Cortez award recipient in 2008, and the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce School Administrator of the year in 2006.