Meet Greg Plutko, PYLUSD Superintendent

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Greg Plutko is the Superintendent of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD). He is essentially the CEO of the District, with all of the principals reporting to him.

When asked how he likes his job in an interview with the Matador Messenger, he replied saying, “I love my job…I knew at a very young age I wanted to be a teacher, and that love for the classroom and students has evolved into a career that brings me great joy.  I am so proud of the talented teachers and staff members I have been able to work with throughout my career.”

However, he says that his job is not for everyone. “I don’t know that I would ever try to convince somebody to serve in this role.  Instead, I believe you must have a love and a passion for education…and most importantly the students, teachers, and staff members who work so hard to support the amazing school communities of PYL!  I would tell them to ‘Play Hard, Have Fun, and Trust Your Skills.’”

Greg has more than 20 years of teaching and administrative experience. He was previously the Superintendent of the Huntington Beach Union High School District, and comes to PYLUSD after serving in executive positions with the Corona-Norco Unified School District, Walnut Valley Unified School District and Glendora Unified School District.

At Corona-Norco, Greg served as both Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services and Assistant Superintendent of Executive Services. At Walnut Valley, he was the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and an Administrative Director of Staff Development and Technology. Greg was also Principal and Assistant Principal at both Glendora High School and Goddard Middle School in Glendora.

He is a credentialed history teacher, and began his career teaching middle school history, English and language arts, and physical education. He also taught history and English at the high school level. Taking after his father who was a teacher, principal and coach, Greg was also a basketball coach – earning three CIF titles for Glendora High School.

His goals for the District are: “The overarching goal is to support the implementation of the PYLUSD Strategic Plan known as “The Advantage.”  This plan outlines our goals for student achievement, classroom teaching and learning, connecting and building partnerships with our school communities, supporting safety and wellness for all our schools, and making the very best our financial and human resources.”

He received his doctorate of education in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne, and has additional degrees in educational leadership and administration from Azusa Pacific University.

Greg met his wife, Mena, in the first grade, and they were married shortly after college. They have been married for over 30 years, and have two adult children – Sara and Adam. Greg enjoys golfing, movies and traveling.

To inspire a struggling student, he would say, “I always find myself rooting for our students who are finding struggles along their educational path.  I try to remind them that path is part of a longer journey…what might seem to be an amazing challenge today will look different if you see support.  Take time to find one activity or special program to help connect you to school and your school work.”