Superintendent's Message

Welcome to the Del Norte County Unified School District.  Our schools have been the starting point for thousands of local children for over 100 years.  We are proud to provide focused instruction in the fundamentals as well as creative arts and preparation for careers.  Success starts here in Del Norte County.

Graduates from Del Norte Unified School District have been successful in many of our nation’s most prestigious universities.  Graduates have successfully achieved their goals through other means, too, including participation in California and Oregon training programs.  They leave our schools well prepared for many options.


Our teachers participate in continuous evaluation of their students’ achievement.  We provide state of the art training to help them acquire and develop new strategies to ensure that all children succeed. 


Our principals and teachers dedicate time to helping our students learn how to work well with others.  We are diligent to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our children where they can learn the academic and social skills necessary to get them off to a good start.  Our schools are distinguished from others by their culture of high expectations and collaboration.


We want to give you the opportunity to see the great work going on in our classrooms and on our playgrounds each day, so you can see why we say, “Success Starts Here.”  I welcome you to call or come by to visit with me, and I’ll take you on a tour of our schools and introduce you to teachers and principals who are dedicated to doing “whatever it takes” to help your children succeed.


Thank you for considering Del Norte Schools.  We hope you choose us when you are looking for the best opportunity for your child.  We want to partner with you to assure that your children’s success truly does start here in Del Norte County!



Jan Moorehouse




Superintendent Moorehouse's Resume

Professional Experience

 Superintendent, Del Norte County Unified School District and Del Norte County Superintendent of Schools—July 2005 to Present 

 Principal, Del Norte County High School—July 2001 to June 2005 

 Principal, Jurupa Valley High School—August 1996 to June 2001 

 Director, Instructional Support Services, Riverside County Office of Education—November 1993 to August 1996 

 Coordinator, Curriculum and Instruction, Riverside County Office of Education—January 1991 to November 1993 

 Assistant Principal, Ramona High School, Riverside, CA—November 1987 to December 1990 

 Assistant Principal, Loma Vista Intermediate School, Riverside, CA—November 1986 to November 1987 

 English Teacher, Ramona High School, Riverside, CA—April 1980 to November 1986 



 Preliminary and Professional Administrative Services Credential—1984 to 1990, UC Riverside

 B.A. and M.A., English--1977 and 1980, Loma Linda University, Riverside, CA


Additional Training

 Leading the Leaders—July through April 2005-2006

 Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Training, January –May 2001 

 Association of California School Administrators, Principals’ Institute, UCLA, 2000 

 Association of California School Administrators / American Association of School Administrators Curriculum Management 
   Audit Certification, 1995

 Project AVID Regional Site Director Training, 1992 

 American Association of School Administrators Strategic Planning Facilitator Training, 1991 

 Association for Supervision of Curriculum Development Assisting Change in Education, 1991 

 California School Leadership Academy, 1989 


Professional and Community Organizations

 Member, The California Endowment, Del Norte Stakeholders’ Committee and Grant Compliance Committee, 2009 to 2010

 Member, Northern California Superintendents’ Organization, 2009 to present 

 Member, Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee, 2007 to present 

 Commissioner, First 5 Del Norte, 2005 to present 

 President, Rotary Club of Crescent City, July 2005 to June 2006 

 Secretary, Advisory Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Redwoods, 2004 to 2009 

 Association of California School Administrators, 1986 to present 

 U.C. Riverside School of Education Advisory Board, Administrative Credential Program, 2000-2001 

 Delta Kappa Gamma, Chapter President, 1988-90 

 Phi Delta Kappa, 1986-88 

 Junior League of Riverside, 1986-1989 


Fellowships and Awards

 Association of California School Administrators Region 1 Administrator of the Year, Secondary Principal, 2002-2003 

 California School Leadership Academy 1995 Riverside Regional Merit Award 

 National Endowment for the Humanities 1986 Fellowship 

 California Literature Project 1985 Fellowship, UCLA 

 Council for Basic Education and National Endowment for the Humanities 1984 Summer Study Fellowship, Latin American Literature 

 Inland Area Writing Project Fellowship, 1984 


Publications and Presentations

 Author, “Out of Paranoia, Into the Comfort Zone,” Administrative Case Studies, 1989: Far West Labs. 

 Contributing author, “Implications for Supervision,” Literature for All Students: A Sourcebook for Teachers. 
   California Department of Education, 1985

 Seminar Address, “Ethical and Reflective Leadership,” Aspiring Superintendents’ Training, ACSA, 2009, 2010 

 Seminar Address, “Diversity and the Superintendent,” Aspiring Superintendents’ Training, ACSA, 2008 

 Keynote address, August 1993, Granite Hill School District, Utah—Topic: Shared Decision Making 

 Keynote address, October 1992, Colton/Bloomington High Schools—Topic: Conversations about Change 

 Keynote address, November 1992, Jurupa Valley High School—Topic: Shared Decision Making 

 Keynote Address, October 1992, Middle Schools, Victor Valley Union High School District—Topic: Rethinking Our Business 

 Strategic Planning Facilitation: Banning USD, Jurupa USD, Ontario High, Rubidoux High, Palm Springs High, Cajon High, 
   Temecula Valley High, 1992

 Five-day seminar, 1992 AVID Summer Institute, San Diego—Topic: Leadership 

 CSLA Trainer: “Interventions,” “Vision,” and “Vocational Education” modules 

 Keynote addresses, November and April, 1985-86, Garden Grove U.S.D.—Topic: Literature in High School English