New Cardiff schools trustee is university lecturer, active in district


Cardiff School District Board of Trustees, left to right: President Siena Randall, Nancy Orr, new appointee Shad Thielman, Rhea Stewart and Dave Clark. (Cardiff School District photo)

North Coast Current

The Cardiff School District Board of Trustees has a new member as of November.

Shad Thielman, former co-chair of the Cardiff School District Independent Citizens Oversight Committee, joined the board Nov. 17, the district recently announced. Thielman replaces longtime Trustee Mark Whitehouse, who resigned as of Oct. 7 citing work and family commitments.

“Shad is going to bring another great perspective and objective voice to Cardiff Schools,” said school board President Siena Randall said in a district news release. “He is active in the community and understands how important Cardiff Schools are to the entire community. We are enthused about his experience in the educational field and see this appointment as another step in the right direction.”

Shad Thielman
Shad Thielman

Thielman, a Marine Corps veteran, is a history department lecturer at California State University, San Marcos. He served as co-chair of the Cardiff School District Independent Citizens Oversight Committee from November 2020 to May 2021 after serving as a member starting in January 2020. The committee oversees Measure GG funds for district campus improvements.

He has one child in the district and one at San Dieguito High School Academy who previously attended Cardiff schools, according to the district’s announcement.

“The academic success and safety of the students attending Cardiff Schools is paramount and of the upmost importance in our community,” Thielman said in the district’s news release. “After an arduous couple of years rebuilding Cardiff School combined with the pandemic, I look forward to working with the board to reunite the community and bring a renewed energy and focus
on student learning.”

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