Los Alamitos Unified School District is pleased to announce that Gary Willems has been selected as the new Assistant Principal at Oak Middle School. Mr. Willems has worked in education for 10 years beginning in Newport-Mesa and Glendale Unified School Districts and most recently in Los Alamitos Unified School District for the past five years. As an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Roosevelt Middle School, Mr. Willems was an ELD specialist and worked in the gang prevention sports program. After securing his next step in education, Mr. Willems proved himself to be a valuable asset in the Oak Middle School community. Besides teaching both seventh and eighth-grade social studies, he immersed himself in leadership opportunities as school site council chairman, social studies department chair, promoter of intervention programs, and supporter of the lunch-time sports programs.
Mr. Willems received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California, Santa Barbara and his Master of Arts Degree in Education and Administration from California State University, Long Beach. “I am committed to creating life-long learners. Nothing will stop me from providing opportunities for every child,” said Gary Willems.
Mr. Willems lives in Huntington Beach with Karen, his wife of five years. Mrs. Willems is an educator at Edison High School where she teaches U.S. History and AP Psychology. Mr. and Mrs. Willems are proud owners of a very spoiled golden retriever named Kailea. In his free time, Mr. Willems enjoys reading, swimming, abalone diving, bicycling and caring for his 100-gallon saltwater fish tank. Mr. Willems has been a seasonal employee of the California State Park System for the past two decades spending his summers on the beach saving lives. As a Lifeguard Supervisor, as well as the key figurehead of the Junior Guard program, he teaches children about ocean safety, hazards, and life-saving/first-aid skills. He assumes his new role effective August 24, 2015
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Gary Willems, new assistant principal at Oak Middle School. Photo courtesy of Los Alamitos Unified School District.