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John M. Blaydes

1989 Distinguished Alumnus

John M. Blaydes

John M. Blaydes

1966, M.A., Educational Administration
1962 B.A., Elementart Education

Creating a challenging, positive and fun environment where children can learn and develop is what John Blaydes accomplishes as principal at McGaugh Elementary School in Seal Beach. During the past 23 years, he has received numerous national, state and local commendations recognizing his exemplary leadership in public education.

In 1988, he received $25,000 as a winner of one of 12 California Educator Awards presented by the state Department of Education and the Milken Family Foundation.

In 1987, the administrator in the Los Alamitos Unified School District was honored as California’s K-8 Principal of the Year by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

John said his academic experiences at Cal State Long Beach challenged him “to grow and think and with success began to build the confidence and knowledge base that enables me to succeed in my chosen profession.”

From Alumni Awards 1989 program