Dr. Gabe Soumakian
Oxnard Union High School District
Dr. Gabe Soumakian is the Superintendent of the Oxnard Union High School District that serves 16,500 students located in Ventura County. Our vision is to Redesign the High School Experience for the 21st Century Learner. Oxnard Union is seen as one of the leaders in Ventura County and the State to implement the digital online learning with quality professional development.
All comprehensive high schools are fitted with solar equipment and the E-Rate funding has provided all schools with high density Wi-Fi access in every classroom and enjoy a 10 Gig connection districtwide. The District is implementing the new State Standards by supporting a Professional Learning Community where teachers collaborate to promote 21st Century Learning through a blended model using a variety of technology resources and a Learning Management System to connect students with their learning.
The OUHSD was recently awarded a $6 Million California Career Pathway Trust grant to infuse the Linked Learning Academy model. The District is expanding to 22 Linked Learning Academies focusing on multiple career pathways themes. We are building strong partnerships with several business, community, and civic organization to help prepare our students to be College, Career, and Life ready. The National Academy Foundation, Ventura County Civic Alliance, local Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Investment Board, Haas Automation, and many others have been instrumental in support of Work-Based Learning experiences that offer Career Awareness, Exploration, Internships, and Preparation.
Dr. Gabe Soumakian earned his doctorate at Azusa Pacific University (APU) in Educational Leadership focusing on technology staff development and change leadership. He has taught at the doctoral level at APU in areas focusing on organizational change and building communities, as well as, courses for teacher and administrator preparation for using instructional technology. He has been actively involved and presented at numerous leadership organizations, including ACSA, AASA, CSBA, Partnership for the 21st Century, TICAL on topics of Personnel, 21st Century Learning, eLearning, Personalized Learning, and Linked Learning.
Dr. Soumakian has over thirty-seven years of experience in education, including 14 years of service at Loyola and St. John Bosco as a high school teacher and a coach. His public education experience has been primarily serving as a High School Principal and as an Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in Burbank USD prior to serving as Superintendent in the Oxnard Union High School District.