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Nick Salerno

Nick Salerno (CA '97)

Associate Superintendent of People Services

Fontana United School District

At the time of the Award, Nick Salerno was:

El Monte High School
El Monte, CA

Biographical Information

Nick Salerno, now retired, formally worked as the Coordinator for the Teacher Intern Program as well as Coordinator of Educational Partnerships for Cal Poly Pomona. He previously served as principal at El Monte High School, where his leadership helped the school earn recognition as a California Drop Out Prevention School of the Year, a California Distinguished School and a National Blue Ribbon School. After becoming superintendent, Salerno has continued to put student achievement first. "Human capital is our most precious resource," he said, "so it is especially important to serve in an area where there are high-need students." Salerno's former district, with its low socio-economic data and high number of English learners, is one of very few districts to have garnered the College Board's Advanced Placement District of the Year, a national recognition. Correspondingly, the district's schools have exhibited some of the highest growth rates in the state since the inception of No Child Left Behind. Salerno has been honored with the H.B. McDaniel Student Support Services Award, and was most recently named Alumnus of the Year by Cal Poly Pomona's College of Education and Integrative Studies. Salerno transitioned to his current position at Cal Poly Pomona in November of 2014.

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Milestone: Nick Salerno's (CA '97) District Recognized by College Board

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1975 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, B.S.

Athletics, At-risk Students, Attendance, Business Partnerships, Community Partnerships, Community Service, Drop-outs, Health, Interdisciplinary Instruction, Mentoring