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Introducing New Superintendent Dr. Carolyn Seaton


“I am honored to serve as Orinda Union School District’s next Superintendent of Schools. I look forward to partnering with district, school, community, and business organizations to expand the educational opportunities available for our students.  I am passionate about teaching and learning and committed to providing Orinda’s children with the educational experiences that will best prepare them for college, career and life.”


Dr. Carolyn Seaton is the new Superintendent of the Orinda Union School District, effective May 2, 2016. Dr. Seaton served as Executive Director of Human Resources for the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. She succeeds Dr. Joe Jaconette, who served as the District’s Superintendent for more than eight years.


Input from the community indicated that the next Superintendent of the Orinda Union School District should be a dynamic, confident, skilled and articulate leader who can establish a collaborative culture. The community input also established the importance of selecting a Superintendent who is visionary, progressive and forward-thinking. The School Board conducted a thorough search based on extensive input from the community.  Dr. Seaton rose to the top of an impressive field, as she embodies the leadership characteristics most valued by the community.


Dr. Seaton has an inspiring vision to move our already high-performing district forward on a path of excellence. Her unique combination of experience, skills and values will serve our District and enhance opportunities for all students. The School Board was impressed with Carolyn's dedication to listening to all viewpoints, her ability to solve problems, her skill at communicating effectively with all stakeholders and her interest in increasing the leadership capacity of those around her. She is experienced in leading schools to create and build upon strong programs, and to develop them into extraordinary learning opportunities that exemplify superior standards of student achievement and community.


Dr.  Seaton is in her 32nd year as an educator.  She began her career in public education as an elementary school teacher in Texas in 1984, where she served as a fifth grade teacher, an elementary science specialist and a gifted programs specialist.  Prior to her position in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District as Executive Director of Human Resources, she served in Manhattan Beach as a middle school teacher, as assistant principal and then principal of the middle school, and spent nine years as the Executive Director of Educational Services.


Dr. Seaton received a B.A. in History from Southern Methodist University and an M.A. in Education from the University of North Texas. She recently received her Ed.D. in K-12 Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. Her doctoral dissertation is titled “Transformational Technology Practices in K-12 Schools."