At the March 5th Board of Education meeting, Dr. Oscar Macias, Assistant Principal of Instruction at John Burroughs High School, was appointed Principal of Luther Burbank Middle School. Oscar will continue working in both roles during the transition.
Macias earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Criminology from California State University, Northridge. He earned a Master of Education degree specializing in Cross-Cultural Teaching from National University. Recently, he just completed the doctoral program in Educational Leadership at the USC Rossier School of Education. His dissertation summary was recently published in the January 2015 issue of EdCal.
He started teaching in the Burbank Unified School District at Community Day School in 2000. There he taught all math subjects to the at-risk student population. He also served as Teacher on Special Assignment for BUSD for two summer schools where he was inspired to pursue school administration. In 2007, he entered into school administration at John Burroughs High School. During his tenure at JBHS, he has served as an assistant principal in the areas of Discipline, Guidance, and for the last five years, Curriculum and Instruction. Macias has also successfully served as a Summer School principal for BUSD for three years.
A hard-working instructional leader who always advocates for students, parents, and teachers, Macias is an active member of many District committees and task forces that influence curriculum and instruction. He is also an active member and supporter of the Burbank Association of School Administrators and the Association of California School Administrators. He has served as a Charter President and was recognized by his peers with the Charter Leadership Award in 2014.
His education philosophy revolves around the concept that the purpose of education is to provide learning experiences which enable all students to achieve at the highest level possible. As an education leader, Oscar believes it is his responsibility to create a school environment which is supportive but challenging and governed by constructive feedback and research-based best practices and procedures.