2009-09-03 / Community
Medea Creek Middle School welcomes dean
Chevalier replaces Jay Greenlinger, who left to become principal of a Camarillo elementary school.
Medea Creek Principal Brad Benioff said Chevalier is a good choice for the position due to his skills and personality.
“He has been a successful teacher and coach at Oak Park High School, and his experiences will help the students transition to the high school,” Benioff said.
As dean, Chevalier will oversee campus safety, supervision and discipline including all campus activities and the daily supervision staff. He will organize awards programs and large field trips throughout the year.
“ Beyond this, there is a litany of other duties as assigned, meaning that he literally does a bit of everything on campus: teaching, organizing lunch intramurals, technology support, parent meetings,” Benioff said.
Before becoming dean, Chevalier spent two years at Oak Park High School teaching economics and government. He also coached the high school’s varsity and junior varsity boys’ basketball teams for three years. He will continue in that role.
Chevalier earned a business degree from Westmont College in Santa Barbara. After graduating he worked as a stockbroker for a private Santa Barbara firm. After 18 months he decided to make a change.
Both his parents are in education, so he knew he might pursue teaching one day. His father, Ed Chevalier, who also coached Oak Park basketball, recently retired from Thousand Oaks High School after 32 years teaching language arts. His mother, Calla Chevalier, is the early childhood director at a Thousand Oaks preschool.
Chevalier earned a teaching credential from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. He student-taught at Oak Park High with teacher Rob Hall during the 2005-06 school year. Although he wanted to remain at Oak Park there were no openings at the time. He spent one year teaching economics and government at Palm Desert High School then moved to Oak Park when a position opened.
“It’s a privilege to be in Oak Park,” Chevalier said. “It’s a fantastic district; the leadership is incredible.”
Chevalier is now working on his administrative credential at California State University Channel Islands.
Born and raised in Thousand Oaks, Chevalier graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in 2000. He and his wife, Ellen, live in Newbury Park.
Chevalier said he’s “looking forward to the challenge.”