Area 6 Superintendent
Point Loma and San Diego High Clusters
Gilbert Gutierrez has been a part of San Diego Unified since 1998, as a teacher and administrator. He served as a principal for more than 10 years, first as principal at Washington Elementary and most recently, as principal at Joyner MicroSociety Magnet School. He has served as a mentor to several new and aspiring educational leaders and has led several professional developments for district leaders.
Mr. Gutierrez has a history of elevating student achievement at schools with high English Language Learner, Title I, and homeless populations. In his six years at Washington Elementary academic achievement rose significantly. The school's accomplishments included raising Washington's Academic Performance Index (API) from 543 to 756 and exiting Program Improvement status. He later opened Joyner MicroSociety Magnet School in City Heights, a new school built with Proposition M funding. The first magnet school in City Heights quickly distinguished itself as an outstanding school with a Similar School Ranking of 10. Joyner was the recipient of the Project Schools Making a Difference Award for outstanding student achievement and the Magnet School of Distinction Award by Magnet Schools of America.
The educational belief systems and values of Mr. Gutierrez were cultivated at a young age, being a child of two elementary school principals. He graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Liberal Studies with an Emphasis in Education. His leadership skills were later cultivated at the Educational Leadership Development Academy at the University of San Diego. His success has always been the product of developing a culture of trust, collaboration, open communication, and problem solving that brings the staff, parents, and community together for the betterment of the students.