Area Administrator, Secondary
Visalia Unified School District
Craig Wheaton, TICAL cadre member and the current president-elect for Region 11 of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), is Administrator for Curriculum and Instruction for Visalia Unified School District. He has served in many administrative roles over the years including elementary principal for 11 years. He has also worked as a high school counselor, a vice-principal and a continuation school principal.
Craig completed his doctorate in Education Technology at Pepperdine University . His dissertation topic was "web-based discussion for school-based management." He and colleague Stephen Kay co-authored "Wired for Collaboration" in the November/December 1999 issue of ACSA's Thrust for Educational Leadership. They also collaborated on "Every Child Will Read--We Guarantee It" in the October 1999 issue of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's (ASCD) Educational Leadership.
Craig has been a presenter at Computer Using Educators (CUE) conferences, ACSA state conferences, the California Early Literacy Conference, as well as the ASCD national conference.
In 1999, Craig was an ACSA-Xerox intern at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). His must-read book for all educators is Don Tapscott's Growing Up Digital.
Craig is an avid runner and recently completed the New York City and Boston Marathons. He loves being in the 50-55 age group because, as he says, "You never know if your competition is injured or dead until you get to the start line!" His greatest disappointment is not being able to break the 3 hour marathon barrier after turning 50.