Working his way through college (AA-College of San Mateo and BA-UC Berkeley), Dr. Mike (Michael) McQuary has acquired a broad range of work experience, which included being a fireman and member of the Railroad Workers Union; truck driver, freight loader and member of the Teamsters Union; home construction for a private contractor; quality control and production control specialist for a major manufacturing firm handling private and government contracts (such as off-shore oil drilling rigs, San Francisco Kabuki Theater’s rotating stage, San Francisco BART tunneling device, Titan Missile silo gates, and Polaris Missile guidance system), and a casualty and life insurance sales representative. Currently, he owns a small business managing and renting real estate property, which he has placed on hold since running for public office as a school trustee.
Dr. McQuary acquired his elementary and secondary teaching credentials (SF State) and taught in inner city schools (San Francisco), rural schools (Tulare County), and suburban schools (Santa Cruz County). In addition, he was President of this local teachers union, a member of several administrative bargaining teams, and has taught courses at the college level (College of the Sequoias and Fresno Pacific College).
He acquired a Masters Degree and School Administration credential (Fresno State-National GRE Score at 96%tile) and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (USC-Phi Delta Kappa National Dissertation of the Year Award). He has been a school principal, district/county projects director (School Improvement Programs, Categorical Programs, Special Education, Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), Vocational Education, Court Schools for Incarcerated Juveniles), county curriculum supervisor and project grant writer, and California Department of Education consultant for distinguished and effective school validations and School Improvement Plan evaluations and program reviews. Dr. McQuary was also a Chapter President of Phi Delta Kappa, an international organization of professional educators, who conduct research and are interested in policy related to education at all levels, especially issues dealing with research-based school reform.
After retiring and volunteering as a math teacher at the Tibetan Children’s Village in the Himalayan Mountains of Northern India, Dr. McQuary moved to Pacific Beach and became active as a volunteer for neighborhood service projects, developed his community voice, and assisted others in local advocacy . He has been President of Mission Bay Rotary Club (2 terms), member of the Rotary District Leadership Team, and Logistics for the San Diego Youth Symphony's International MusiCamp Program (3 years), and is currently Director of Pacific Beach Town Council (4 terms), member of the Pacific Beach Business Improvement District (Discover PB), and Statewide President of the California Democratic Council (an organization of more than 400 local clubs in 57 counties).
Dr. McQuary has assisted educational projects supporting students and local schools, such as the Pacific Beach Middle School "Garden to Café" Program, a bullying intervention program, a Peace Pole and a “zone of peace” dedication at the PB Middle School (2014) and PB Elementary School (2015), free dictionaries to every third grade student in four Pacific Beach elementary schools and two Clairemont elementary schools (2009-15), an annual free Crystal Pier Kids Fishing Derby, annual free summer Concerts on the Green at Kate Sessions Park, and Community Organization and School Partnership Agreements with PB Middle School (2014), PB Elementary School (2015), and Crown Point Junior Music Academy (2015).
Most recently, as a 2014 College Board China Bridge Delegate, he traveled to Beijing and the Henan Province (Cradle of Chinese Civilization and the birthplace of Chinese Zen and Kung Fu), where he strengthened sister school partnerships with schools in China and initiated a sister school relationship with the Songshan Shaolin Wushu College, a teacher college for students living near the famous Shaolin Temple.
Dr. McQuary has two daughters with Master Degrees, who are graduates of UC-Santa Cruz and UC-Santa Barbara; a son who graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, who served in Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq; and five grandchildren--the oldest is attending CSU-Monterey Bay and the youngest was born February 2014.