Dr. Cheryl James-Ward is the Chief Impact Officer/Principal at e3Civic High, recognized as one of the most innovative school organizations in the nation. In August 2018, Dr. Ward retired from her full time position at San Diego State University Department of Educational Leadership, one of the top educational leadership programs in the US (USNews and World Reports, 2018) to assume the role at e3. While at San Diego State University (SDSU), Dr. Ward served as the Founding Director of the online Master of Arts Program in Educational Leadership (ranked 21st nationally, USNews and World Reports, 2018; and 11th by BestColleges.com, 2018), led the SDSU Chinese and American Educational Leadership Symposiums and taught both master’s and doctorate level courses. Dr. Ward continues to support the doctoral program and chair dissertation committees.
Dr. Ward's other educational experiences include Director of Schools, principal and vice principal for the Long Beach Unified School District, third largest district in the state of California; Math and Science Director for Cal State Long Beach University Upward Bound Program; and Dean of Student Discipline and Math Teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Dr. Ward has also published numerous articles in various journals. Her 2019 co-authored publications includes: A Comparative Analysis of 21st Century Schools in the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China and Effective Practices of Successful Blended Learning Schools. Her latest co-authored book is Using Data to Focus Instructional Improvement.
Prior to her work in education, Dr. Ward was a software engineer for the Magellan Project at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab.