Dr. Richie Romero
Dr. Richie Romero is the Executive Director of California Connections Academy schools. Prior to joining our team in 2018, he spent 20 years serving communities as a high school science teacher, high school co-administrator, and middle and high school principal.
Dr. Romero served as the principal of William J. “Pete” Knight High School for three years, a large high school with 3,000 students, 80% of whom receive free or reduced lunch. During his tenure there, Dr. Romero and his team were able to achieve revalidation as an AVID National Demonstration School. In addition, the school’s Career Technical Education academy was recognized by Advance CTE as the best STEM based program in the nation for 2018. Before Knight High School, Dr. Romero was the principal of Keppel Academy Middle School for five years. This is a small rural middle school, also with 80% of its students receiving free or reduced lunch. In 2010, when Dr. Romero arrived, the school was on the brink of state sanctions. In 2015, the school was honored as a Gold Ribbon School.
Dr. Romero joined California Connections Academy in 2018 as Director of Student Achievement; under his guidance, the school’s graduation rates have soared, state testing efforts have been enhanced and overall student engagement has increased.
Dr. Romero earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine. He earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Bakersfield. Most recently, he earned his doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne. He served as an adjunct professor for University of La Verne in the Secondary Education Department teaching in the credentialing program from 2013-2020.