Jeff Hearn

Jeff Hearn

School Superintendent (retired)

[read more]After graduating from Cal Poly with a B.A. and M.A. in 1969, he started his career on an Indian reservation in Covelo, CA. After one year of teaching and coaching, he was called to active duty in the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant. Following one year stationed at Fort Knox, KY, Jeff was deployed to Vietnam. Upon returning in December of 1971, Jeff resumed his teaching and coaching career in Covelo and then in 1973 moved to Brawley, CA where he spent one year, teaching and coaching at Brawley High School.
 
In 1974, Jeff, Linda, and their one-year-old child Nicole moved to Santa Maria, where they have resided since. From 1975-1984, he was a teacher, coach, counselor, athletic director and administrator at St. Joseph High School. In 1984 he accepted a position as Assistant Principal at Santa Maria High School. He remained at SMHS until 2000, spending his last nine years as Principal. In June 2000, he was appointed Superintendent where he served until his retirement in June of 2009.
 
Over the course of his time in Santa Maria, Jeff has served on a number of boards and been a member of several community groups, including United Way, Fighting Back, SELPA of Santa Barbara County Education, Community Advisory Committee of the Santa Maria City Police Department, California Association of School Administrators, High School Network of California and Meals on Wheels.[/read]