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Ocean View School District Superintendent Carol Hansen to retire

Ocean View School District Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen announced today that she will retire in July 2022, concluding seven years of influential leadership that brought stability—and a renewed focus on students—to the pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school district.

Dr. Hansen is credited with developing innovative programs that address the diverse needs and interests of Ocean View’s nearly 7,000 students, including a science, technology, engineering, arts, and math academy; and others in visual and performing arts, environmental science, and a recently implemented program in dual language immersion.

“I have known Dr. Hansen for 16 years and have had the pleasure of working with her as both a fellow educator and a Board member. She has always been committed to collaborative problem-solving with employees and maintaining a laser-like focus on what is best for students. Dr. Hansen created core values of innovation, integrity, and equity in our District, and her adherence to those values restored the community’s confidence and pride in our schools,” said Board President Gina Clayton-Tarvin.

Although she is most recognized for the stability she brought to the District, Dr. Hansen is also credited with cultivating excellent working conditions for employee groups through a formal “Partnership with Administration and Labor,” known as the PAL Partnership. These accomplishments contributed to the passage of a $169 million general obligation bond, and a master facilities plan to modernize and improve the District’s school sites.

“I am so proud to have been associated with everyone in the Ocean View School District community. It was an honor to work with our trustees, staff, and community on the important work we do on behalf of students,” Dr. Hansen said.

Dr. Hansen’s 37 year career in public education includes service as a high school teacher, coach, and activities specialist in the Long Beach Unified School District; then moving to the Westminster School District where she was an assistant principal, middle school principal, Director of Classified Personnel, and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources; followed by the position of Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in the ABC Unified School District. She received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s Degree from California State University, Long Beach, and her Doctorate in a joint program at the University of California, Irvine, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Asked what she plans to do in retirement, Dr. Hansen acknowledged that retirement represents a major adjustment following such a rigorous and interesting career in a wide variety of teaching and leadership positions. She and her husband enjoy beach and mountain vacations, Green Bay Packers football, and unwinding on the Alamitos Bay in their electric boat. She plans to stay physically active and continue to participate in distance swimming in the bay, where she often runs into some of the swimmers she once coached. “It is nice to know that swimming continues to be a lifelong sport for me and for my former students too,” Dr. Hansen said.

Board President Gina Clayton-Tarvin has appointed a sub-committee of herself and Vice President Patricia Singer to lead the Board in a selection process for Dr. Hansen’s successor. Dr. Joseph M. Farley, a superintendent search consultant and former Orange County superintendent, will assist trustees in the selection process.

This article was released by Ocean View School District.