Superintendent, Sonoma Valley Unified School District
Socorro Shiels is honored to serve the Sonoma Valley Unified (SVUSD) community as superintendent. Before joining SVUSD, she served as the Director of Education for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE). For over two years, she, along with the initial team members, crafted an identity of service of the newly formed state agency. Prior to that state- level opportunity, she served as the Superintendent of Santa Rosa City School (SRCS) District, also located in Sonoma County, California. She has nearly 20 years of public education experience at the administrative and classroom level. Her proudest accomplishments in SRCS includes an empowering district culture shift to restorative justice for the entire school community as well as creating a strategic plan that included all community stakeholders with a commitment to college and career readiness for each student. Additionally, she served on the Instructional Quality Commission for the California Department of Education and as a representative for the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT). She continues to serve Sonoma County as a First Five Commissioner. She earned a Master of Arts degree in educational leadership from California State University, East Bay and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Bowdoin College.