Originally from Argentina, John came to the US and FAU in 2004 to pursue the PhD in Educational Leadership (School Leaders Program). He possesses dual Argentine and British citizenship, and in 2008 was awarded permanent residence in the United States. He is bilingual in English and Spanish, and has long-standing experience leading organizations in both languages.
His professional background is in international school teaching, leadership and curriculum development within the International Baccalaureate and Cambridge University systems. Since 2005 he has been closely engaged in the Florida Public Education system. He is a certified Clinical Educator.
Over the past 25 years, he has been a teacher and then principal of three international schools in South America. While head of SEK International School in Quito, Ecuador, he co-founded the private schools association (CORPEDUCAR) in 2001, of which he was national treasurer for three years. In this capacity, he became the principal facilitator of the reform of the Ecuadorean national baccalaureate, a nationwide process involving Education Ministry officials, and senior administrators of over 60 public and private schools. At this time, he was also a member of the International Baccalaureate’s Regional Heads Representative Committee (RHRC), which advised the IB Regional Director for Latin America on matters of regional importance.
During his time at Florida Atlantic University, he has served as Assistant Principal of the A. D. Henderson School, and then its Coordinator of Research Programs and Services. He was also Coordinator of the College of Education field experiences and clinical practice. He has served on the FAUS-COE Research Committee for the past five years, and was elected co-chair for two of those years. During that time, he trained and supported faculty at both Henderson and Palm Pointe School in St. Lucie in the development of their research agendas, coordinated the schools’ research mixers and, with the support of the committee, drafted the first comprehensive compilation of research activities at both lab schools.
In 2009, after completing the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (School Leaders Program), he was hired as a full time faculty member of the Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology at FAU. His dissertation earned the College of Education’s outstanding dissertation of the year award in 2010. The book, based on his research, was published by Routledge in 2012 under the title, “Leading for Regeneration: Going beyond sustainability in business, education, and community.”
An important aspect of his primary assignment with the Department of Educational Leadership involves liaison work with the Palm Beach County Public School District. This partnership has been a cornerstone in the reform of the department’s Master’s Program, particularly with regard to the shift from a one- to a three-semester internship. At the request of the district’s Multicultural Department, he also provides training to teachers in the district in racial and ethical sensitivity which. More recently, he was invited to act as a judge in the Palm Beach Green Schools Recognition Program.
In 2011, he was appointed chair of one of the curriculum development committees for the Propel Grant Project partnership between FAU’s Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology and the Broward County Public School District, a 3.5 million dollar school leaders’ training program funded by the Race to the Top federal grant program.
Current service commitments at Florida Atlantic University and beyond:
- Chair of the College’s Diversity Committee
- College of Education International Committee
- College of Education’s accreditation Core Working Group
- FAU Sustainability Committee
- Board of Directors, US Green Building Council (USGBC) South Florida Chapter
- Sustainability and Environmental Consortium (involving FAU, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Schools, South Florida Water Management District, Solid Waste Authority, etc.)
- Sustainability Committee, Urban Land Institute Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council
Preparation of the FAU Climate Action Plan for the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2009-10.
In 2010, he was hired by the former Dean of the College of Engineering to develop a faculty sustainability task force, the goal of which has been to infuse the principles of sustainability throughout the engineering curriculum. This led to the transformation of a number of syllabi in different departments throughout the College.
Developed and teaches new courses at FAU:
- EGN 4070 – Sustainability Leadership for Engineers (Innovation Leadership Honors Program)
- EGN 6930 – Sustainability Leadership for Engineers (funded by a grant from Florida Power & Light),
- MAN 6931 – Sustainability Leadership for Entrepreneurs in the College of Business
Given their project-based design and involvement of students in the wider community, these courses have been designated as Academic Service-learning classes.
In 2008, he founded a process consulting firm, Regenerative Organizations, LLC, (http://regenerativeorganizations.com), dedicated to facilitating organizational culture shifting of companies, universities, schools and communities to greater degrees of sustainability. This work is based on his doctoral research into successful leaders of increasingly sustainable companies, communities, and educational institutions.
In the broader community, he has acted in an advisory capacity to the sustainability directors of West Palm Beach and Delray Beach on effective implementation strategies of their sustainability plans, including multi-stakeholder engagement for the development of a triple top line mindset throughout city hall and the communities themselves. As a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council’s Sustainability Committee, he is currently a facilitator of the neighborhood regeneration project of the 79th Street Corridor Neighborhood Initiative, a multi-stakeholder engagement effort in a high-needs area in urban Miami, the purpose of which is to create and implement a strategic initiative for its sustainable revitalization.