Stella M. Kemp, Ed. D., Superintendent
Dr. Stella M. Kemp brings nearly 30 years of experience as a teacher, site administrator, regional, and district office administrator to San Bruno Park School District. Prior to her work in SBPSD, Dr. Kemp served nearly 20 years as an administrator in both Texas and California. Her experience includes work as a regional consultant specializing in leadership development; as a district office administrator focusing on Science, Technology, Engineer and Mathematics (STEM) education; coaching site administrators for school transformation; and, designing and implementation of leadership training.
After completing her undergraduate degree, Stella taught middle school science in the Austin Independent School District, before moving to Germany to work with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools where she taught Life Science, AP Biology, German and United States History. In 1993, Dr. Kemp returned to Texas where she continued teaching high school Chemistry and Geology, while assisting in the family business – a Cessna flight school. In 2003, Stella and her family relocated to California, where she served as a middle school principal in the Los Angeles area. During this period, through her leadership, Stella gained recognition for transforming schools.
While serving as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at Franklin-McKinley School District, Stella’s work has focused on a systems approach to the District’s Educational Services Division. Through this approach, the Educational Services Division has implemented and clarified expectations for instruction, learning outcomes, and monitoring student performance all within a “return on investment” model to insure District resources are utilized in a results-oriented environment. Under her leadership, accomplishments include implementation of the Common Core State Standards and accompanying assessment system, including the design and implementation of the District’s Instructional Framework, piloting blended learning and new state of the art curriculum for 21st Century teaching and learning, implementation of programs targeting long-term English learners resulting in the highest gains in student reclassification, design and implementation of a District instructional leadership development model which includes curriculum support specialists, instructional leadership teams, and a new administrator induction program.
As a child, Stella moved around quite a bit. She was born in Bremerhaven, Germany. After moving to the USA (Georgia) when she was five, her family moved around the southern states to finally settle in Texas. Dr. Kemp attended the University of Texas in Austin, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science. Her Master's of Education was completed at Texas Woman’s University and a Doctor of Education from the University of North Texas, both located in Denton, Texas. Dr. Kemp has also served as an adjunct instructor for Chapman University. As an instructional leader, Dr. Kemp has been successful in implementing programs to support middle school transformation, designing a variety of professional development programs, establishing a STEM partnership with businesses including the annual Math and Science Day at the Fontana Motor Speedway in Fontana, California, and most recently developing a college and career preparation matrix for supporting students on the pathway to college and careers.
As a community member, Dr. Kemp has served on multiple Boards in her community. She is currently serving on the San Bruno Rotary and San Bruno Kiwanis Club.