San Diego Magazine has chosen two San Diego Unified leaders among its list of 50 People to Watch:

Carol Barry: Formerly an Area 1 superintendent, Barry became a chief elementary-school improvement officer under new superintendent Terry Grier’s reorganization of the district. She says technological applications are one of the keys to becoming more efficient. “We have an opportunity to rethink how we educate our children,” she says, “so they are prepared for the demands of the dynamic workforce they will enter.”

Terry Grier: Last year, more than $50 million in state budget cuts called for reform that included laying off teachers, eliminating more than 100 central office positions and assigning school improvement officers to oversee 20 schools. The good news is that Grier, the new San Diego Unified School District superintendent, hopes to lower class sizes in elementary schools and ensure that every high school offers at least 10 advanced placement courses.

Who are your picks for the folks to watch in education — good, bad, or just plain fascinating? I am especially interested in people who may not have gotten as much limelight for their work. Send me your ideas at and I’ll post some of your responses here throughout the day.


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