Xavier Piña, Ed.D.
A native of Hanford, Xavier Piña began his teaching career in 1997 as a Spanish teacher and coach at Redwood High School in Visalia, California. After teaching in Visalia Unified for seven years, he transitioned to the Kings County Office of Education (KCOE) in Hanford, California as a Curriculum Consultant. During his time at KCOE, he coordinated the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC)/After School Education & Safety (ASES) programs for eight rural elementary school sites (Armona, Central, Delta View, Gardenside, Kit Carson, Lakeside, Parkview, and Stratford). Along with coordinating after school programs, Dr. Piña also served as Region 7 Lead for two grants from the California Department of Education (CDE) for Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare Counties. Additionally, he facilitated professional development for teachers and coordinated site visitations for the California Distinguished School awards.
Since August of 2007, Dr. Piña has served in the Armona Union Elementary School District. Dr. Piña began his tenure as an assistant principal at Armona Elementary School and Parkview Middle School. He also served as principal at Parkview Middle School from 2010 to 2014. In July of 2014, Dr. Piña began his new assignment as superintendent of the Armona Union Elementary School District. Dr. Piña is passionate about meeting the needs of students. He is committed to a collaborative approach with teachers, staff, parents, and community to improve teaching and learning.