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Navid McCarthy

Board President

Navid joined Excelsior Charter Schools in 2001 as a Math teacher and during her career at Excelsior held the positions of lead mentor, Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Deputy Superintendent. She retired from Excelsior in 2017.

Navid holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Iowa, a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. She also holds a California clear teaching credential in math and a supplementary credential in physical science in addition to a clear leadership credential.

She has lived in the High Desert since 1990.

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Terrance Stone

Treasurer/ Secretary

Terrance L. Stone is Founder/President/ CEO of Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy and C.E.O. of Stone Consultants, International Gang Expert, Trainer and Speaker has served as a youth counselor and graduated Cal State LA for State Certified Gang Intervention Specialist, serves on Committees with the San Bernardino County Sherriff and San Bernardino City Chief of Police, Executive Board Member and Chair of the San Bernardino Countywide Gangs and Drugs Task Force, Past Board Member of the Southern California African American Chamber of Commerce, and San Bernardino Chapter NAACP, trained with San Bernardino City Police Department on the train the trainer course “Principled Policing” and also chosen by past Mayor of San Bernardino Pat Morris to join his office on the California Cities Gang Prevention Network. He is committed to steering young peo¬ple away from the life that cost him much of his precious youth. In essence, Terrance is allowing his life mistakes to help others discover their personal worth and true-life purpose. Stone’s change in heart, spir¬it and action has resulted in his reaching over 35,000 at risk youth he is now CEO of Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy multiple locations in the Inland Empire and growing. Stone’s sincere efforts have result¬ed in his receiving multiple awards.

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Dr. Alan Kay

Board Member

Alan Kay was born and raised in the Inland Empire. He earned a B.S. in Biology from California State University, San Bernardino and a M.A. in Educational Administration and Ed. D. in Leadership for Education Justice at the University of Redlands. His educational career has all been in the San Bernardino City USD where he began working as a science teacher at Golden Valley Middle School in 1998. He emphasized inquiry-based learning, technology-enhanced explorations, and real world applications. He took students to outdoor science excursions for several years and worked closely with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and Orange County Office of Education. He also studied with other educators at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Boeing Corporation. His research has been in the area of teacher evaluation and professional learning communities.

Following teaching, Dr. Kay became a teacher mentor and then a vice principal in the district for several years. He then moved to the district office as a coordinator in Secondary Education. During his time with Secondary Education, Dr. Kay instituted a new action research program in algebra, oversaw the implementation of a computerized credit recovery program, coordinated curricular oversight for secondary math, science, and physical education programs, and taught a variety of professional development seminars to teachers.

Dr. Kay opened up the newest high school in San Bernardino, Indian Springs High School, where he served as the principal from 2012-2017. While there, he oversaw the implementation and rollout of a Health Academy and Manufacturing Academy with many leading regional business and university partnerships. The school expanded and added a stadium, aquatics facility, and performing arts center. He oversaw and led initiatives focused on AVID, PBiS, and Instructional Rounds. These areas of focus saw the school make significant gains in ELA and Math during his final year there.

Dr. Kay currently serves as a co-administrator for Pacific High School and is overseeing the implementation of a 1:1 Chromebook plan which was grant funded by T-Mobile. He is also helping to lead reform here with the rest of a new administrative team to create strong instructional and support systems.

At the university level, Dr. Kay has taught courses on instructional design and educational administration. He also has worked closely with university faculty at CSU San Bernardino and Claremont Graduate University in ensuring that teacher methodology courses are relevant for today’s students. His work also expanded recently with Loma Linda University in which he has presented on the concepts of Linked Learning during the summer educational sessions. He was also a committee member for the development and opening of the new Gateway College, a part of the San Manuel/Loma Linda Medical facility in downtown San Bernardino.

Dr. Kay is very excited to be joining the team at Excelsior as a member of the Board and hopes to develop highly collaborative partnerships that will ensure that Excelsior Charter provides a rich educational resource for students.

In addition to attending and participating in work-related activities and events, Dr. Kay enjoys camping, hiking, spending time with family, cooking, and traveling.

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Guy Burnett

Board Member

Guy Burnett has served on the Excelsior Charter School’s Board of Directors since June of 2015.

Guy and his wife of 30 years, Kimberly, were married in 1986 and have raised three daughters and one son in the high desert area. Two of his daughters graduated from Excelsior Charter School. So Guy is very familiar with Excelsior’s educational program. Guy served in the United States Marine Corps from May 1975 to May 1979. He lived in Dallas, Texas for 7 years prior to moving to Apple Valley in 1983.

One of Guy’s early career goals was to own his own business and in 1998 he opened State Farm Insurance Agency which he has been successfully operating and serving all of the high desert communities.

Guy has previously served on the Apple Valley Chamber board from 2002 until 2007. In July of 2007, Guy was appointed by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the San Bernardino County Fair Board of Directors, where he served as the Treasurer for 3 years, Vice President for 2 years and President for 2 years, and is currently working on his 4th Term as Treasure. Guy has also served on the Board for the Yucca Loma Paul Swick Family Center from 2006 to 2009.

Guy enjoys participating in extracurricular activities such as riding motorcycles, horses and four wheel drive adventures to Death Valley and around the High Desert area. He enjoys hiking in the High Desert and Sierra Mountains. He also enjoys 5th wheel camping with his family. Guy thoroughly enjoys working with the Excelsior School Board!

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