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Dr. Michael Watenpaugh

Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, has served as Superintendent of San Rafael City Schools for more than a decade.  Dr. Watenpaugh has been an educational leader in Marin County, working in both San Rafael City Schools and the Novato Unified School District where he was named the Novato Educator of the Year.


In 2003, he was named Superintendent of the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District in Sonoma County, being recognized as the 2006 Sonoma County Superintendent of the Year. In 2007, he returned as Superintendent in San Rafael.


Dr. Watenpaugh is actively engaged in the greater San Rafael and Marin community advocating for equitable outcomes for all students.  He was named Marin County Educator of the Year in 2013. Watenpaugh continues to implement the Board of Education’s strategic Local Control Accountability Plans focused on high expectations for all students, closing the achievement gap, maintaining fiscal solvency, engaging families and the community and unifying the district into one school community.


Dr. Watenpaugh is a long-time San Rafael resident.  His elder son is a graduate of San Rafael High School, where his younger son is currently a student.


Watenpaugh, Dr. Michael
Superintendent of Schools
Allyn, Theresa
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Perrino, Christina
Communications Director