Robert J. Acuña, Pueblo High School Class of 1961, attended California Western University in San Diego, California. Graduating in 1965, earning his masters in 1966. With 41 years in secondary education, Bob’s professional career encompassed service at the junior and senior high school levels, district administration and within the California Community College system. He was appointed to the assembly committee on the Review and Implementation of the California Education Code, the Danforth Foundation for Management and Leadership Training, the Carnegie Foundation of New York’s Review of improving our schools and the Ford Foundation’s Seminar on school based development programs.
At Sacramento High School he instituted the instructional plan, which was recognized by the National Education Association as a model for urban school reform and student success. At Sacramento City College, he opened the educational outreach center in Sacramento’s Washington Barrio, and implemented a college program at Fulsom Prison. At Santa Monica College, he instituted the Learning Resource Center Support Program.
At Pueblo High School the school received a twenty-five thousand dollar grant for teacher preparation and methodology. As principal of Chula Vista High School in San Diego, the school received the California State Department of Educations distinguished school award, Walt Disney’s Outstanding School for the Creative and Performing Arts, the California School Board Association’s Golden Bell award for it’s excellent student support program and The California State Department of Education’s Student Council Association’s Best Student Governance High School Program for 8 straight years.
As Area Superintendent he was a member of 2 collaborates with the University of California, San Diego and the San Diego county office of education addressing the high school standards and college level expectations.