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David's Bio


David Santamaria Ed.D.

Born in Hollywood California, I grew up in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles. I am a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School. I attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, emphasizing in the subjects of Biology, Political science and Chicano Studies.  In 1998, I earned my Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and my clear administrative credential in 1999.  In 2018, I completed my Doctorate degree in Education from California State University, Northridge.  My dissertation is a qualitative study of the rights, roles, and responsibilities of Latino immigrant parents with children in special education.  I possess both a K-8 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and an Administrative Services Credential from the state of California.  I have worked as an educator, ESL adult education teacher, a University Supervisor helping aspiring teachers to obtain their teaching credentials, a Categorical Program Advisor/Coordinator, and a Special Education Administrator for over 33 years.  I currently teach 6th grade English and World History at Lake Balboa College Preparatory Magnet School in the San Fernando Valley for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).  I am a self-taught guitar and ukulele player, singer, painter, and poet.  I am a classically trained trombone player who has played since the third grade.  I currently live in Santa Clarita California with my wife of 13 years and two children.