Todd Irving

Todd Irving is a Professional Learning Facilitator and Leadership Coach for the Leadership Programs and 21CLSA. Having had the benefit of mentorship in his career from education leaders like Dr. Carl Cohn and Linda Darling-Hammond, among others, Mr. Irving believes that principals can learn to thrive with the help of mentors who prioritize their professional development and personal well-being. At PLI, Mr. Irving works closely with school administrators in multiple bay area districts to help cultivate the next generation of inventive and committed school leaders.

Mr. Irving brings thirty years of school administration and central office experience to his work with PLI. Working exclusively in racially and linguistically diverse schools, his administrative leadership emphasized innovative instructional programming, an end to punitive discipline in favor of restorative justice, and transparent decision-making in collaboration with families, community stakeholders, teachers, and teacher unions. A native of Long Beach, California, Mr. Irving has led multiple school communities that were struggling to meet state benchmarks, build and sustain programs of academic excellence throughout the greater Los Angeles area, San Diego and Nashville, Tennessee. For example, he helped Centennial HS grow from a school on the verge of losing accreditation to becoming fully accredited within three years. He also led the transformation of Spurgeon Intermediate from a hostile work (and learning) environment to one of professional respect that was then recognized as a Top 100 middle school for two consecutive years by the media channel.

Mr. Irving’s leadership in communities of race and gender diverse students has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register, and in public forums like Chapman University’s 2015 Icons/Geniuses/Mavericks TEDx event. His unwavering commitment to African American youth earned him the Asa G. Hillard III Model of Excellence Award in 2009, while his groundbreaking efforts on behalf of GLBTIQ students earned him the Equality in Education Award in 2014.

Professional Administrative Experience

Principal, Joelton Middle School, Metro Nashville Public Schools, 2016-2019

Principal, Spurgeon Intermediate School, Santa Ana Unified School District, 2013–

Lead Instructor, Aspiring Administrator Academy, Santa Ana Unified School District,2015-

Coordinator, Institute for Leadership Development, Orange County Department of Education, 2012-2013

Coordinator, Equity and Diversity Initiatives, Orange County Department of Education, 2012-2013

Education Consultant, 2010-2012

Principal, Manual Arts High School, LA’s Promise and Los Angeles Unified School District, 2009-2010

Principal, Samuel B. Morse High School, San Diego Unified School District, 2006-2009

Co-Principal, East Palo Alto High School, Stanford Schools Corporation Charter School, 2006

Program Administrator, Jordan High School, Long Beach Unified School District,2005-2006

Program Administrator, William J. Reid Continuation High School, Long Beach Unified School District , 2001-2005

Principal, Centennial High School, Compton Unified School District, 1997-2001


Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA
M.A. Educational Leadership

Southern Utah State University
Cedar City, UT
B.A. Physical Education Minor in Psychology

University of Laverne Laverne, CA
Professional Clear Administrative Credential

California State Dominguez Hills
Carson, CA
Professional Clear Teaching Credential

Professional and Media Recognition

Inspiring Educators: Unsung Heroes podcast, “IE64: Todd Irving. Leadership and Transforming Failing Schools.” (November 5, 2015) leadership-and-transforming-failing-schools/

National Faith Leaders Conference 2015 Mentoring, Education and Commitment to Excellence Award for student support and programming at Spurgeon Intermediate. (October 2, 2015). Icons/Geniuses/Mavericks TEDx Chapman University invited speaker (August 20, 2015: Orange, CA) or

Orange County Register profile: “He got a ‘Lord of the Flies’ campus, but principal turned Santa Ana’s Spurgeon Intermediate around.” (June 17, 2015)

Spurgeon Intermediate named “Top 100 Schools Worth Visiting in U.S.” (November 7, 2014).

Orange County Equality Coalition 2014 Equality in Education Award for support and establishment of first middle school Gay-Straight Alliance.

L.A. Times profile: “A hostile work environment, but ‘these are not bad kids’.” (November 13, 2013)

San Diego Unified School District awarded Dr. Asa G. Hilard III Model of Excellence Award for ninth-grade intervention initiative at the ‘A Dream Deferred Conference: The Future of African American Education” Conference 2009. Award given for programs implemented at Morse High School (Todd Irving, Principal).

Voice of San Diego profile: “A crew of teens under the principal’s wing.” (December 30, 2008)

Todd Irving

Contact Information


Berkeley Way West #4330

2121 Berkeley Way