David Riddick, Ed.D.

Director/Principal, Fenton Avenue Charter School

website - www.driddick.com
Email - david@driddick.com

Professional Background
I am the director/principal of Fenton Avenue Charter School in Lake View Terrace servicing students in Lake View Terrace, Sylmar, San Fernando, and Pacoima.  Prior to Fenton, I served as an assistant principal in the Saugus Union School District.  I was a K-5 Elementary school teacher in Sylmar, LAUSD, for seven years, a Mentor Teacher, ELD Practicum Trainer, Thinking Maps Trainer of Trainers, GATE Coordinator, and Technology Coordinator.
Educational Background

I received my doctorate in Educational Leadership through California State University Northridge in 2011, graduating as a member of the inaugural class.  I recieved my Tier II Administrative Services Credential from the Santa Barbara County Education Office (2008).  I attended

California State University, Northridge for my Administrative Credential (2006).  I earned my California Teaching Credential from California State University, Los Angeles through the CalState TEACH Credential Program (2003).  My Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications was from Loyola Marymount University (1997).

Research Interests -  I am interested in exploring successful school reform strategies among low socioeconomic (SES) schools that score significantly higher on state standardized assessments than schools with similar demographics.  Of particular interest to me, are the implementation and effectiveness of the use of metacognitive strategies to scaffold learning for students in low SES schools.  Likewise, I am interested in how these "outlier" schools were able to overcome barriers facing students of economically disadvantaged schools to increase student achievement while the majority of low SES schools are not. 

Interests and Hobbies - I enjoy spending time with my wife, Kirsten, son, Jackson, and daughter, Ellie.  In addition, I enjoy working with underprivileged children locally and around the world.  I have organized and led short-term mission trips to Kampala, Uganda and Ensenada, Mexico to provide schools and churches with curriculum and teaching strategies.