As a result of Dr. Angelica Ramsey accepting a new position in Midland, Texas, Pleasant Valley School District (PVSD) is in the process of conducting a search to select her successor. Information about the search process and a timeline is available at this link.
During the transition period, PVSD has contracted with Mr. Richard Tauer and Dr. Alan Rasmussen as Interim Co-Superintendents to fulfill all duties of the Superintendent's office for PVSD.
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Richard Tauer
Mr. Tauer’s 40 years of experience in K-12 education culminated in his three years as superintendent. Mr. Tauer’s twelve years’ extensive experience as a Human Resources administrator was built on a foundation that included elementary, middle, and adult school teaching, graduate-level professor, school principal, as well as director of state and federal programs and compliance.
Prior to joining Education Support Services (ESS), Richard was Superintendent of Westminster School District, where he provided the leadership necessary to successfully navigate the district through the most challenging of fiscal times, while continually making significant progress in student achievement.
Mr. Tauer earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in educational leadership at California State University, Los Angeles, where he also taught numerous graduate-level classes in education leadership, personnel management, and school business.
Mr. Tauer continues to work as a consultant in support of public education by providing professional development for administrative teams, organizational development of processes, procedures and protocols, and coaching new administrators. His extensive experience in human resources has resulted in his assisting several school districts to successfully fill executive-level leadership vacancies, including several superintendent positions. Recently, he served as interim superintendent in a unified school district, and facilitated the board’s selection of its new permanent superintendent.
Mr. Tauer and his wife (who is a retired teacher) have three children and three wonderful grandchildren, all residing in the L.A./Orange County area. Richard enjoys continuing his work in a consulting role because it provides him with the opportunity to continue to make a positive difference by working with outstanding educational leaders, all while giving back to the profession that he enjoyed for 40 years.
Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Alan Rasmussen
Dr. Rasmussen is a consultant with Education Support Services Group (ESS), which provides a comprehensive menu of services for governing boards, superintendents, senior management teams, school districts and community colleges
Dr. Rasmussen has more than 40 years of experience in K-12 education, including 13 years as a superintendent. In addition to his superintendent experience, Alan has been an Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Educational Services, elementary and middle school principal, and a classroom teacher.
Following undergraduate study at California State University, Northridge, Dr. Rasmussen received his Master’s in Teacher Education from the University of Southern California and a Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne.
Dr. Rasmussen has been involved with numerous professional organizations, including the American Association of School Administrators, the Association of California School Administrators, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and superintendent associations in both Southern and Northern California. He was also a member of the Merced Hispanic Network, the Merced College President’s Circle and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Married for more than 40 years, Dr. and Mrs. Rasmussen have two children. One is a high school teacher and one is a high school administrator in Orange County. They also have three grandchildren.