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As County Superintendent of Schools I would work to ensure:

Nancy Magee is the San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools with 38 years of educational leadership to her credit. A graduate and college athlete from San Diego State University, Nancy began her career as a high school English teacher and varsity boys’ water polo coach. In her early career Nancy was known for her innovative approach with students, receiving teacher of the year and innovator in education honors while year after year producing championship teams with many of her athletes going on to successful college careers.


After 20 years as a classroom teacher and school-wide leader, Nancy earned a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science and became a high school librarian. She eventually went on to earn an Administrative Services credential and as an administrator has worked at the site, district and county levels. No matter the role, Nancy remains singly focused on student success.


Since arriving at the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) in 2010, Nancy has worked in roles that provided direct educational services to students in the juvenile justice system or those receiving special education services. Additionally, under her leadership, SMCOE has become a regional leader in safe and supportive schools and developed countywide emergency response and suicide prevention protocols, coordinated mental health supports for schools and provided curriculum and trainings in restorative and trauma-informed practices.


Since stepping into the County Superintendent role in 2018, Nancy has accelerated efforts to address systemic barriers in education, including inequities in funding, access, curriculum and instruction and basic services. For her leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, she received the 2021 Pillar of the County award by the San Mateo County School Boards Association.


Nancy is a resident of Half Moon Bay and occasionally enjoys swimming in the ocean with the Half Moon Bay Cold Water Crew. She is gay and raised two boys who are both now well launched into adult life. She is a fan of live music, water sports and the great outdoors, which she enjoys with her family and friends.

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Nancy Magee is an experienced educator and administrator who:

Leads the Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities which during the COVID-19 pandemic and in partnership with San Mateo County Health, developed the Pandemic Recovery Framework providing all schools with expert guidance throughout the pandemic


Serves as a First 5 San Mateo Commissioner, is a key leader of The Big Lift, San Mateo County’s preschool-third grade literacy program and is a strong advocate for the importance of early care and education for all children


Provides leadership to address digital equity and affordable housing for the education workforce, serving on the county’s Home for All steering committee and on the board of HEART, (Housing Endowment and Regional Trust, nonprofit)


Prioritizes social, racial and digital equity in all programs and services and is a regional and statewide leader in environmental justice issues

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