John Snavely, retired Superintendent of Porterville Unified School (PUSD), has been presented with the Itzenhauser/Schlagel Award by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region XI, which represents Tulare, Kings, Kern, Inyo and Mono counties. The award provides a lifetime membership in ACSA.
Snavely has had many accomplishments throughout his 35 years in education. As Superintendent of PUSD, he has overseen the development of some of PUSD’s most notable programs, including the construction of several facilities, championing the development of the district’s dual immersion program, a NASA-sponsored middle school academy, an increase in the number of Student Pathway Academies, and the development of the National Academy Foundation School of Engineering at Harmony Magnet Academy. His hard work and efforts were recognized in 2014 when he was selected as the Tulare County Excellence in Education Administrator of the Year and by ConnectEd as the Linked Learning State Educator Champion.
Snavely has represented ACSA Region XI on the state level in several capacities, including a three-year term on the State Board of Directors, a three-year term on the State Superintendency Council and is currently completing a 2-year term on the State ACSA Career Technical Council. He is also very active in participating in ACSA’s Annual Legislative Action Day held in Sacramento.
As Superintendent, Snavely has been passionate about visiting classrooms in PUSD. He made a point of visiting all 600 classrooms … twice a year.