Dr. Martinrex Kedziora is the 14th Superintendent of Schools for the Moreno Valley Unified School District, an urban California district serving approximately 33,000 students (82.43% free/reduced meals, 72.5% Hispanic, 13.7% African American). Originally, from Memphis, TN, Dr. Kedziora has been a teacher in grades K-12 in both special education and general education, assistant principal, alternative education principal, special education coordinator, K-8 Principal, Professional Development Director, Chief Academic Officer, and now Superintendent of Schools during his 38-year career in education. He serves as the Board Chairman for the California League of Schools (CLS), which serves teachers and administrators K-12 and as an Education Faculty member for National, Cal State San Bernardino, and Brandman Universities. He serves as a team member of CLS for the California Department of Education and the Middle Grades Alliance. He is a committee member of the Urban Education Committee for the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). Additionally, he has leadership responsibilities as the superintendent representative for the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades, and on the advisory boards for the United Way of the Inland Empire, Riverside Community College Foundation, Optimist and the Rotary Club.
Dr. Kedziora has received numerous accolades throughout his career. In April 2016, he received the Education award from the Riverside NAACP Branch. In April 2017, he received the ACSA Curriculum and Instruction award. In April 2018, he received the Valuing Diversity Award and the Marcus Foster Memorial award for Administrative Excellence from ACSA. In June 2018, he was honored in Washington D.C. for his work with the middle grades, with the prestigious Debra Kasak Distinguished Leadership award. This award is given to those who advance equity in middle grade schools across the nation. In June 2019, he was awarded the most Influential Educator by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In September 2019, he was nominated and selected as the Cooperative Economic Empowerment Movement (CEEM) Superintendent of the Year and was awarded with the Exceptional Service award. In October 2019, the Boy Scouts Five Nations District recognized Dr. Kedziora as the Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen.
It is through Dr. Kedziora’s unwavering dedication to the success of all students he serves that Moreno Valley Unified School District’s graduation rate is higher than the County, State, and National average. In 2010, prior to Dr. Kedziora joining the District, the graduation rate of students district-wide was 65.7%. Ten years later, this number has soared to 91.2% under his leadership, which is a 25.5% increase and higher than the state and national level.
The success students are experiencing comes by design, as he has made equity for all an ongoing focus. He leads by example and champions the real definition of equity. He has raised the level of intensity for staff members to learn and grow through professional development opportunities focusing on cultural proficiency.
Dr. Kedziora has commented that, “we are building a culture that naturally celebrates, honors, and is inquisitive about the diverse contributions of people from diverse backgrounds.” Culture is the most powerful force in any organization. Policies, practices, and procedures have been instituted in MVUSD that contribute to all stakeholders becoming more culturally aware, culturally sensitive, and action-oriented towards social justice.
Dr. Kedziora’s motto is, “Dig the wells before you’re thirsty.” His belief is, “Student success is based on the relationships which are built during their academic career and as the adults in our field, we need to make the connections with our students early and often.” Dr. Kedziora looks forward to accomplishing the following during his career: “To fully support students in realizing the significance of this journey, to embrace the wild ride of ambiguity.”
We will come together at different points through-out the day but we will also be separated and you have to choose where that is. @MorenoValleyUSD @LIOVirtualParentSummit
I think that this is an important part of this for young people in this pandemic that they get to choose their space, where they work in their house as long as their parents agree to it. Giving them some choice and some voice is important. @MorenoValleyUSD @LIOVirtualParentSummit
I think we forget that we have a natural way to communicate. We used to write notes, letters and now we resort to phones, email or texting. @MorenoValleyUSD @LIOVirtualParentSummit
In a world like this where we don’t know what people have or don’t have, what they listen to…reaching out in a personal way to see what they need is essential. @MorenoValleyUSD @LIOVirtualParentSummit
Giving back in such a personal way. It means a lot when someone takes the time do that. @MorenoValleyUSD @LIOVirtualParentSummit
We’re learning from each other. @MorenoValleyUSD @LIOVirtualParentSummit
I think it would be wonderful if they wrote a note and just said what they want to talk about and leave that with the principal so the principal can get back to them. We think that everyone knows the email or the phone number but not everybody knows that. @MorenoValleyUSD @LIOVirtualParentSummit
It’s important for young people, especially students, to feel like they have some control and some choice and that they can share that. @MorenoValleyUSD @LIOVirtualParentSummit
It’s important for children to learn time management. @MorenoValleyUSD @LIOVirtualParentSummit
There’s only so much time in a day and this is what we can get done. @MorenoValleyUSD @LIOVirtualParentSummit
This is an evolving process and families are a critical part of this. What they say and what they tell us helps us be better with distance learning. @MorenoValleyUSD @LIOVirtualParentSummit
What makes students feel connected, but also useful and giving them projects that they don’t normally do. @MorenoValleyUSD @LIOVirtualParentSummit
You have to find your space and you have to go to that space and you have to claim it wherever that is in your house. Then, you have to use that space so you can do whatever you need to get done. @MorenoValleyUSD @LIOVirtualParentSummit
If we’re all together then it is going to feel like we are always having dinner or supper and then that won’t be special. @MorenoValleyUSD @LIOVirtualParentSummit