Juan Cruz has been Superintendent of the Franklin McKinley School District in San Jose since 2015. He was previously Associate Superintendent of Educational Services for the East Side Union High School District.
When he was a student at San Jose State University, Mr. Cruz began working in education by serving Migrant Education students while working for California Min-Corps and then directly with the Migrant Education Program at the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Mr. Cruz worked with elementary and middle school students in the Oak Grove Elementary School District and then eventually moved on to working with high school students in the East Side Union High School District.
Mr. Cruz completed his student teaching at Yerba Buena High School and subsequently was hired to teach Social Science. After teaching for seven years at Yerba Buena High School, Mr. Cruz left to serve as Associate Principal of Educational Development at Piedmont Hills High School. Shortly thereafter, he returned to serve for nearly seven years as Principal at Yerba Buena High School and then as Principal of Santa Teresa High School before moving on to serve as Associate Superintendent of Educational Services for the East Side Union High School District.