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Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent Dr. John Baker and student

As the chief administrator for Redwood City School District (RCSD), the Superintendent of Schools works closely with the elected Board of Trustees. Together with his Cabinet, the Superintendent oversees RCSD services, implementing the Board of Trustees' Goals. 

Dr. John Baker, Ed.D.

Dr. John Baker, Ed.D.

In April 2015, Dr. John Baker, a former teacher and school principal, was named as the superintendent of the Redwood City School District (RCSD) and began leading the district on July 1, 2015. Dr. Baker has worked for the district for more than 30 years.

Meet Dr. Baker


Superintendent's Cabinet

The Superintendent’s Cabinet is accountable for assisting the Superintendent in addressing the Board of Trustees’ school district goals and priorities. Keeping the District's mission as its focus, the Cabinet provides input to the Superintendent on major operational, programmatic, and fiscal matters to help the district meet the Board Goals.

Wendy Kelly | Deputy Superintendent
Anna Herrera | Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
Rick Edson | Chief Business Official
Edna Carmona | Director of Child Development Centers
Martin Cervantes | Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation
Ana Paula Garay, LMFT | Lead Mental Health Counselor
Michelle Griffith | Director of Community Schools and Partnerships
Jorge Quintana | Director of Communications and Community Engagement
Katherine Rivera | Director of Multilingual English Learners and Categorical Programs

Messages from the Superintendent

Superintendent Dr. John Baker

We are proud to graduate 733 students who are moving on to high school, college, and beyond. With the support of their families, our dedicated teachers, staff, and administrators have worked tirelessly to prepare these students, equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to succeed in the next phases of their lives. We are confident that these graduates will continue to achieve great accomplishments, carrying forward the values and education they have received at RCSD.

Learn More about Superintendent's Message: May 2024: A review of our 2023-24 school year progress
Superintendent Dr. John Baker, Ed.D.

The annual California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is an important part of understanding your child’s progress and growth throughout the school year. Alongside grades, class activities, and teacher feedback, these assessments provide a holistic view of your child’s educational journey during the 2023-24 school year. They’re not just about testing; they’re about recognizing achievements and pinpointing areas where additional support might be beneficial.

Learn More about Message from the Superintendent: April 2024: Upcoming State Assessments
A student is reading while being guided by his teacher

At the heart of this initiative lies the commitment to student-centered learning, as embodied by the RCSD Learner Framework. Rooted in our school district’s vision and mission, this framework fosters a passion for learning through agency and student-centered strategies. By cultivating Empowered Learners, Knowledge Constructors, Effective Collaborators, and Creative Communicators, we are empowering the next generation of difference-makers and problem solvers.

Learn More about Message from the Superintendent: March 2024: Literacy Initiative
Superintendent Dr. John Baker, Ed.D.

In RCSD, one of our core values is to honor and uplift student voice. We firmly believe that every student has a unique perspective and valuable insights that can greatly inform our decision-making processes. As such, we are dedicated to creating opportunities for students to share their thoughts, concerns, and aspirations regarding their educational experiences.

Learn More about Message from the Superintendent: February 2024: Student Voice and LCAP
Superintendent Dr. John Baker, Ed.D.

The Illustrative Math (IM) curriculum stands out for its rigorous, hands-on activities and a digital component that enhances the learning experience. The curriculum encourages students to explain their thinking, building foundational skills and fostering a deep understanding of the “what” and “why” behind mathematical problem-solving. Nine teachers piloted a unit from each of the three curriculums, engaging in frequent discussions to assess their experiences and student outcomes. The School Board and I are very appreciative of the commitment of our teachers who participated in this process, ensuring representation from each grade level.

Learn More about Message from the Superintendent: December 2023: Illustrative Mathematics (IM) Curriculum
Superintendent Dr. John Baker, Ed.D.

I want to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for your active involvement and support of the Student Goal-Setting Conferences. This year marked a significant milestone, as it was the first time we introduced this researched-based practice, and I am pleased to report that the conferences have been a resounding success. Your commitment to our students’ success has been truly inspiring.

Learn More about Message from the Superintendent: November 2023: First Year of Student Goal-Setting Conferences
Superintendent Dr. John Baker, Ed.D.

In 2023-24, we continue our critical work of addressing the challenges brought about by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our district embarked on a journey of Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) professional development sessions last year, aiming to equip all of us with the tools and strategies necessary to support our students. We recognize that the effects of the pandemic have had a significant impact on our students' academic progress and well-being, and this series of professional development sessions help ensure that we are better equipped to address these challenges.

Learn More about Message from the Superintendent: October 2023: MTSS Professional Development