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“We give kids their best chance
in life by educating them. As
a boy in the East San Jose
school system, teachers told
me I could do whatever I
set my mind to. My goal has
always been to show students
that education gives them the
power to change the world.
We see it in alumni who come
back to teach in the district
because they want to be part
of enabling that change for the
next generation of students.”


Paul grew up in San Jose, graduated from Sonoma State
University, and went to live and work in Spain with
his Spanish wife in 2004. He established a successful
education and translation service there, working primarily
with the banking industry, but Europe’s recession woes
prompted him to consider moving his family to America.
In 2006, he applied online for a position with Gilroy
High School as an English teacher, had a 4:00 am phone
interview with Gene Sakahara, and landed the job. Three
years later, he became a founding member of Christopher
High School and served as its English Department Chair.
For several years Paul also served as President and Lead
Negotiator for the Gilroy Teacher’s Association (GTA).
He stepped into the role of Assistant Principal
at Christopher High in 2013 and was promoted to
Principal a year later. In 2017, Paul was hired as Assistant
Superintendent of Human Resources for the Gilroy Unified
School District, and he continues to serve in this position
today. He says it’s more about “human relations” than
“human resources.” Along with overseeing school district
sites, he is responsible for all aspects of staff recruitment,
hiring and evaluation, college and community relationships,
and collective bargaining with teacher’s unions at the state
and national level.
Paul holds a PhD in Organizational Leadership from
Northcentral University, a Master’s degree in Educational
Leadership and an Administrative Services Credential from
SJSU, and a B.A. in English and a Teaching Credential from
Sonoma State University. Paul and his family live in Gilroy
where his son attends Rod Kelley Elementary School.