“Education is the key lever to kids being able to meet their potential,” said Ed Manasala, EdD. On July 1, Manansala will become the new Associate Superintendent of Educational Services for the El Dorado County Office of Education as Jeremy Meyers, the current Associate Superintendent, becomes the County Superintendent.
Education as the key to reaching potential is something Manansala learned from his Filipino parents. “Education was important to my parents and they provided a quality education for me and my siblings,” said Manansala. Growing up in the Napa Valley where he was familiar with the mix of rural, small town and upscale communities, Manansala said El Dorado County felt like coming home.
“You can sense the depth in a small community. It’s both a privilege and a responsibility to work in El Dorado County and continue the good work that Dr. Barber and her team have laid out.
“My mother-in-law is a nurse at Marshall Hospital and my brother and sister-in-law live in El Dorado Hills, so we come up all the time to visit,” said Manansala. “El Dorado County is a beautiful place. We really enjoy it.”
Manansala, 43, is currently the interim chief of staff for the Sacramento City Unified School District and lives in Rancho Cordova with his wife of 18 years, DeAnne, and two of his three children — Nina, 14, and Josh, 16. A third child is attending UCLA.
Prior to Sacramento City Unified, Manansala served as principal, director of strategic partnerships and superintendent of St. Hope Public Schools in Sacramento. “That’s how I got to know the County Office of Education and Vicki Barber — through the partnership with the County Office of Education and our charter schools.”
When the opportunity for the Associate Superintendent’s job came up, Manansala was eager to apply. “This little county office is known for its high standard of service and excellence, its innovation and the high level of support to parents, children and school systems. I wanted to be part of that quality team.”
Manansala started in school counseling and social work with Sacramento City Unified School District before moving to St. Hope and later served as principal of Sacramento High School. ” I co-taught a couple of literacy and world geography courses while I was principal and that allowed me to get a better perspective of the practice of teaching.”
He has been involved in education programs and initiatives at the local, state and national level through Sacramento’s city-wide initiative to increase reading proficiency by third grade, the College of Readiness Program and the High Performing Schools Initiative which is working to ensure that every child has access to education at high performing schools.
In addition, Governor Brown’s new local control funding formula for schools will impact all school systems in California, said Manansala. “The County Office of Education will be in a key position to determine how this will impact the school districts it serves and supports. These three key factors are happening all at the same time and will affect every aspect of education.”
Like the current Associate Superintendent Jeremy Meyers, Manansala enjoys distance running. “Jeremy has already introduced me to some of his running trails,” said Manansala. “Running and spending time with family and friends is what renews me.”
Manansala will be attending a Common Core symposium hosted by the El Dorado County Office of Education in June before starting his new job on July 1.
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