Dr. Savage, along with his wife and four children, comes to Connections Academy with 14 years of experience in education. After teaching High School Spanish and coaching soccer and volleyball for five years, he became a Vice Principal at an urban socio-economically challenged high school in Southern California. He worked there for six years as a Vice Principal serving an under-served student population of over 2,500 students. After working to and finally succeeding in bringing AVHS out from under state sanctions, he served as Principal for three years at CJSHS, a small rural 7th through 12th grade school located at the northern end of the Napa Valley.
At CJSHS, Dr. Savage coordinated a Distinguished School Award, a successful 6 year Accreditation from WASC, and school wide Project-based Learning implementation with an 80% Free and Reduced and 50% EL student population.
He states, “The innovative world of online learning is at the forefront of the future of education. It affords the staff at Connections Academy the opportunity to engage students in many different ways. I believe that all children can learn, technology is an integral part of the educational process, and that the teacher-student relationship is an essential component of a child’s education I look forward to implementing a wide variety of strategies to ensure student success.”
- B.A. in Spanish Secondary Education, with a minor in PE and Coaching from Brigham Young University
- M.A. in Education Administration at California State University Bakersfield
- Ph. D. Organizational Leadership at the University of Laverne