Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, Region 9 VAPA Lead, San
Diego County Office of Education
Jessee is the Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts for the San
Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE). He began his educational career
in 1975 as a theatre, dance and music teacher in the Grossmont Union
High School District. From 1996 to 2001, Ron served as the Assistant
Principal of Monte Vista and Grossmont High Schools. Upon his arrival
at the SDCOE in 2001, Mr. Jessee created the innovative VAPA Standards
101-103 Workshops, recognized throughout California as a model for standards
based professional development. In his position with the SDCOE, Mr.
Jessee facilitates the needs of the 42 county school districts, comprising
680 schools and 490,000 students. Mr. Jessee serves on the board of
the California Alliance for Arts Education and travels frequently to
Sacramento to meet with the California CISC and CCSESA Regional Arts
Leads. He is also a member of the Kennedy Center Partners in Education.
is your vision of the future of the Visual arts for San Diego?
"According to No Child Left Behind, Visual Art is a core subject.
I envision a San Diego County where educational administrators will
make it possible for every child, every day, in every school to have
access to a visual arts class taught by a highly qualified art teacher.
I am excited about advocating for the Visual and Performing Arts as