Fall 2018 Social Justice and Equity Institute
Intentional Activism: Leadership, Literacy and Social Justice
A champion and advocate of children, Dr. Angelica M. Ramsey has served as the Superintendent of Schools for the Pleasant Valley School District since July 2016. Prior to joining PVSD, she served as an associate superintendent, chief academic officer, principal, assistant principal, teacher and athletic coach in California and Texas. Prior to entering the field of education, she briefly served in the US Army as a paralegal specialist.
Under her leadership, PVSD created and published a three-year strategic plan entitled Vision 2020: Excellence for All. The plan outlined newly formulated goals, articulated commitments aligned to LCAP priorities, and identified specific strategies to meet goals. The District also published a Master Facilities Plan which led to a successful $119 MIL school bond measure to ensure 21st century learning environments, upgrades to aging infrastructure, and implementation of safety measures.
Dr. Ramsey resides in Camarillo with her husband, Daryton. She is active in the community with the Rotary Club, Optimist Club, Chamber of Commerce, and the Boys and Girls Club. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific, a master’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, an educational specialist degree in teaching and learning from Liberty University, and a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Liberty University. Her dissertation was entitled, “Nuestra Voz: A Critical Ethnographic Study of Latina School Leaders”.
Dr. Cesar A. Morales is Superintendent for the growing Oxnard School District, with approximately 17,000 students. He has served the public education system as a high school teacher, middle school Special Education teacher, middle school counselor, Assistant Principal, Learning Director, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources prior to his current role of Superintendent. He also served as a part-time instructor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles teaching Organizational Management courses in the Educational Administration program.
Dr. Morales earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Administration from Loyola Marymount University, and a Doctorate in Education from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). As a doctoral student, his research interests included resiliency theory, school access and equity, parental involvement and college going culture. He is active in the community. Presently, Dr. Morales serves as a Commissioner on the Ventura County First 5 Commission that focuses on early childhood development, early literacy and wrap around services to children from birth to 5 years old.
Dr. Morales is a former mentor in the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) and former Southern California region representative. He recently finished his term as President for CALSA. Most recently, Dr. Morales was recognized by EdWeek as being the recipient of the “Leaders to Learn From” Superintendent Award which is a national recognition given in Washington, D.C.
Robin I. Freeman, M.S. Ed., served as an educator for 42 years. Her career included roles as high school and junior high school teacher, reading specialist, assistant principal, principal, director and assistant superintendent. Her most recent position was Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services for the Oxnard School District.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Robin is a product of the Chicago Public Schools. She believes in the power of public education and her career focused on providing a quality education for all students in the districts where she served.
Robin is a servant leader and has volunteered with many community-based and national organizations including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers Big Sisters, International Reading Association, her church council, HOA board of directors and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She also serves as Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Education at California Lutheran University.
Recently retired, Robin looks forward to continuing to serve as a support for students, teachers and administrators.