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John Shepard from CUSD  will explain vocational project oportunities for the teams, and our own Kelley Staley will co-present..

John has spent most of his life on the West Coast, having obtained his BA in English and Masters in Education from California State University, Chico. He and his wife met on a basketball court at CSUC, and they have two daughters, Hannah, who recently graduated from UCLA, and Julia who is a freshman student-athlete in volleyball at UC Santa Barbara.

John has been a teacher, coach and administrator in the Chico Unified School system for over 20 years, and is the faculty coordinator for the CSUC Administrative Credential program. He is also a NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/NCBOA Basketball Official.

Kelly Staley is Superintendent of Chico Unified School District. Chico Unified, with an average daily attendance of 12,000 students, consists of 21 schools ranging from pre-kindergarten to high school, twelve of which have been honored with California Distinguished School status.  The Chico Unified annual budget exceeds $170M, contributing greatly to the local Butte County economy. 

Kelly has many ties to Chico, including being born at Enloe Hospital.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English and received her teaching credentials from California State University, Chico. Her educational career began as an English teacher at San Clemente High School in the Capistrano Unified School District. After completing her Master’s Degree at Pepperdine University, Kelly began her administrative career within the Lodi Unified School District. She served two years as Assistant Principal and nine years as Principal at Lodi High School during which time she also completed her doctorial coursework at the University of the Pacific.  In 2001, Kelly returned to Chico as the Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services for the Chico Unified School District.  In 2007, she became Superintendent. 

Kelly lives in Chico with her husband, Keith Scoles, who works for Tri-Counties Bank.