Horizon Charter School Hires Dr. John Garrard as New Superintendent
After conducting a nationwide expansive search, the Horizon Charter Schools Board of Education is honored to announce Dr. John Garrard the school’s new superintendent/CEO.
Dr. Garrard brings more than 22 years of experience in elementary, middle, and high school education to the position that services students in the Greater Sacramento Region. He was recently serving Visions in Education Charter Schools as the Chief Academic Officer, a position he held for 3 1/2 years. Before that Dr. Garrard served as Director of Admissions, Director of Family Services, K-8 Principal and High School Assistant Principal. In each of these roles, he has demonstrated high expectations, compassion, dedication, and a commitment to strong collaboration and communication with students, families, staff, and the community.
Horizon Charter School Board President Joe Dutra stated “We are excited to bring a strong and proven leader to our school district. After our extensive search and interview process with very strong competitors, we found John. He is an excellent instructional leader, cares deeply about children, and brings us new perspectives and an excellent vision, especially his commitment to innovation, professional learning, and equity.” Dutra adds, “His sincere desire to listen to all viewpoints and his relationships with parents and community are excellent. He is known for valuing the true purpose of alternative forms of teaching and learning as well as his high level of integrity and collaboration.”
Dr. Garrard and his wife Christine, a homeschool teacher, have been married for over 20 years and are the proud parents of twin boys, Christian and Charley (20), and daughter, Maren (18). He values opportunities to engage and build his family and community. His family loves to travel, hike, and spend time with their black lab, Penny.