William Habermehl, Superintendent of the Orange County (CA) Department of Education, is available as an expert speaker on alternative education and the highly successful ACCESS program. His 40-year career in education includes a decades-long commitment to building educational approaches that address the unique needs
of all students.
Now in his third term as Superintendent, Bill began his career in education as a science teacher and football coach. From an initial satisfaction of providing a positive influence on the lives of his students grew a deep enthusiasm for learning and a lifelong passion for addressing educational challenges and opportunities facing today’s students.
Bill’s immersion in the world of education encompasses teaching, coaching, site and district administration, and 23 years working with the department’s senior
management team. With nearly 3,000 full- and part-time employees, the department works with local school districts to serve over a half-million students.
“Better schools mean better communities. My goal is to continue working towards high achieving schools in safe environments for all students,” Bill has stated. “The rich cultural environment of Orange County offers expanding opportunities and challenges, and our work is focused on providing alternatives for every student on which to build a foundation for a satisfying and productive future.”
He has been a featured speaker at conferences and events, including:
• National Technology and Learning Conference
• National Conference on Education
• National School Conference Institute
• National School Technology Leadership Conference
• BULL Summit 2000
• AECT International Conference
With his personal commitment and public advocacy, Bill is also actively involved in both business outreach and community service. He currently sits on the boards of such varied organizations as the Orange County Business Council, the Discovery Science Center, United Way, Junior Achievement of Orange County, Pretend City Children’s Museum, and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board.