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Mary Shelton has served as superintendent of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District – one of the top-performing school districts in California – since July 2012. During her tenure, Shelton has successfully guided the District through some of the most transformative years in California’s history of public education. With a focus on excellence, accountability and building capacity, Shelton has strengthened the teaching and learning that takes place each and every day in San Ramon Valley schools.


Under Shelton’s leadership, San Ramon Valley has implemented four key initiatives focused on providing the best possible educational program that encourages students to discover the joy of learning and realize their fullest potential. The following four initiatives are based on a robust professional development model that includes classroom teacher support:


  • Full implementation of the California Common Core State Standards & the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Development of a robust district-wide Response to Intervention system
  • Authentic use of Culturally Responsive Teaching strategies
  • Complete integration of inclusive practices for all students

Shelton brings over 30 years of educational experience to the San Ramon Valley. Her background in education encompasses experience as a classroom math teacher in both public and private schools, a principal at a large urban/suburban school and a top administrator at one of the highest profile school districts in California. Shelton’s integrity and people skills have gained her an excellent reputation in education.


Prior to joining SRVUSD, Shelton was the Chief Accountability Officer at the Sacramento City Unified School District, the 11th largest district in California. There she designed, implemented and supported the highly successful Priority Schools turnaround system. At Sacramento City Unified, she also developed and implemented a School Quality Review process, which has resulted in a qualitative and quantitative review that allows school communities to assess whole school progress.


Before moving into district administration, Shelton led John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento to Distinguished School status and presented at two California Literacy Conferences highlighting her school’s literacy and professional development initiatives. She has also presented at the California Collaborative of Superintendents on her District’s English Language Learner program.


Shelton earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and her master’s degree from the University of Mississippi.  A native of Tennessee, Shelton now lives in the San Ramon Valley. She has two grown children, an attorney and a civil engineer, and two grandchildren.

Mary Shelton, Superintendent

Mary Shelton, Superintendent

(925) 552-2933


Cindy Fischer

Executive Assistant

(925) 552-2933