Originally from Argentina, John holds Argentine, British, and U.S. citizenship. Bilingual and bicultural in English and Spanish, John’s background is in teaching and leading international schools in South America. His initial degree was in Elementary Education from the University of Ripon and York, UK, followed by the Master’s Degree in International School Management from Oxford Brookes University, also in the UK. Prior to obtaining U.S. citizenship, he pursued the Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership at Florida Atlantic University as an international student. While completing the Ph.D. program, he was appointed Acting Assistant Principal and then Acting Principal of the A. D. Henderson K-12 dual enrolment School, and later became the Coordinator of Research Programs and Services for the FAU lab schools. After graduating in 2009, he was hired as a full-time faculty member of the Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology at the University, where he teaches master’s and doctoral level courses in school leadership, community partnerships and diversity, and qualitative research.
His research interests and consulting work revolve around sustainability and leadership, a topic he teaches as regenerative leadership for sustainable development at the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE) in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Other assignments and service commitments:
- Chair, College of Education Diversity Committee
- Member, College of Education Accreditation Core Working Group
- eLearning Coordinator, Department of Educational Leadership & Research Methodology
- FAU Project Coordinator of the Wallace Foundation funded University Principal Pipeline Initiative (UPPI), a partnership with the school districts of Broward, Palm Beach County, St. Lucie, and Martin County, and the Florida Department of Education.