Meet Dr. Mike


Michael McQuary


Get to know the man behind the movement, his background, work and education experience, community activism and leadership, and how uniquely qualified he is to improve our schools!


  • Undergraduate, University of California Berkeley
  • Elementary/Secondary Credentials, San Francisco State
  • Masters-School Administration, Fresno State
  • Doctorate-Curriculum and Instruction, University of Southern California

Pre-Teaching Work Experience

  • Railroad fireman
  • Truck driver/freight loader
  • Home construction
  • Manufacturing production and quality control officer for private/government contracts including:
    off-shore drilling, San Francisco Kabuki Theater’s rotating stage, San Francisco BART tunneling device, Titan Missile silo gates, Polaris Missile guidance system
  • Casualty/life insurance representative


  • City schools (San Francisco)
  • Rural schools (Tulare County)
  • Suburban schools (Santa Cruz County)
  • International schools (Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala, India)
  • College (College of the Sequoias, Fresno Pacific University)


  • School Principal
  • District/County Project Director
    Categorical Programs
    GATE, Vocational Education
    Court Schools
  • County Education Supervisor
    Math, Science, & Technology
  • California Department of Education Consultant
    Distinguished and Effective School Validations
    School Improvement Plan Reviewer
    Program Quality Review Team Leader

Community Service

  • Volunteer, Pacific Beach Middle School-Peace Garden Project
  • President, Mission Bay Rotary Club
  • Member, Pacific Beach Business Improvement District Discover PB
  • President, La Jolla Democratic Club
  • President, California Democratic Council
    Statewide organization of more than 400 local clubs in 57 counties
  • Small business owner
    Property management
  • Rotary District 5340 Peace Committee
    Strategic Planning Team
  • Summer Music Camp Logistics and Driver
    San Diego Youth Symphony


  • 2 daughters with Master Degrees
    UC-Santa Cruz, UC-Santa Barbara
  • 1 son
    West Point with deployments to Korea, Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq
  • 5 grandchildren


  • Board Trustee/Past President, San Diego Unified School District
  • Director, Pacific Beach Town Council (6 terms)
  • Board Chair, San Diego International Sister City Association
    16 Sister Cities in 15 different countries
  • International Service and Youth Service Committees, La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club