OUR SUPERintendent

dr. Candace SIngh

Dr. Candace Singh

Dr. Candace Singh has served as the Superintendent of the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District since 2011.  She began her career in public education in 1985, serving as an instructional assistant, elementary and middle level teacher, assistant principal, principal, district curriculum leader, and now, superintendent of schools. Dr. Singh has also served as an adjunct faculty member at California State University San Marcos for over 15 years, inspiring and preparing future school leaders to develop cultures and systems that contribute to higher levels of achievement for all students. Dr. Singh holds a Bachelor’s degree in K-8 Education from San Diego State University and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. She earned her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne.

Under the leadership of our Superintendent, Dr. Candace Singh, the following is a select list of district accomplishments achieved by the remarkable team of FUESD on behalf of students:

Educational Leadership and Programs

  • Secured over $500K in grant funding for districtwide implementation of The Leader in Me, resulting in FUESD being awarded the distinction of the first Lighthouse School District in the United States.
  • Dedicated over $1 million general fund dollars annually to provide free daily home-to-school transportation for over 1,500 students.
  • Developed alternatives to suspensions leading to an 85% reduction in out-of-school suspensions.
  • Designed and launched three alternative school options for students focused on dual language, STEM-based instruction, and a virtual home school program.
  • Created 21st century, hands-on Innovation Labs in every school to provide high-quality STEM instruction for every student.
  • Implemented a comprehensive physical education program in all elementary schools to support the development of the whole child.

Finance and Operations

  • Increased district reserves by 16% from 2017 to 2021 despite declining enrollment.
  • Maximized and aligned district budget of $85 million to maintain a positive financial certification every year since 2011.
  • Secured over 120 million dollars of state and federal funds to design and build two state-of-the-art schools aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

Human Capital

  • Increased professional development budget to over two million dollars annually to strengthen the instructional skills of certificated and classified staff.
  • Implemented job-embedded professional development for all teachers through the placement of full-time instructional coaches (TOSAs) in every school.
  • Provided a coordinated and ongoing program of professional development for all staff based on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Pandemic Response

  • Successfully reopened district schools to all students five days a week in 2021 – one of three San Diego County School Districts to do so.
  • Worked with staff and community partners to prioritize the spending of $27 million on a three-year learning recovery plan.
  • Distributed and served 1.9 million meals to FUESD families and community members since March 2020.
  • Deployed 575 hotspots to students and families to provide internet service to 100% of district students.
  • Secured $745K in federal funds to support the monthly cost of internet hotspots for families.
  • Partnered with Boys and Girls Club to provide free child care to community members and employees during school closures.
  • Initiated a school-based COVID19 testing program providing over 14K tests since August 2021 to keep students and employees in school.

Community Engagement

  • Developed, with over 120 staff and community partners, a “Portrait of an 8th Grader” – a newly defined district vision and mission-aligned to the skills and dispositions students will need to succeed in the rapidly changing workforce.
  • Garnered the support of parents and community with 97% of parents reporting they have opportunities for input in their child’s education and feel their children are safe at school.
  • Worked collaboratively with Base Command of MCB Camp Pendleton to support educational and transition programs for over 1,800 military-connected students, resulting in 2 of 31 schools statewide honored as Purple Star Schools.

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