Shaun McAlmont

Shaun McAlmont

President of Career Readiness Education


K12

San Diego, CA USA


If you can envision where you want to be, work backwards from that goal and focus on all of the little things you need to do to get there.

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Raised in Toronto, Canada, by parents who emigrated from the Caribbean looking for a better life.
I knew from a very young age that I didn’t want to be a teacher, but I wanted to be involved in education in some way.
I was a star track and field athlete throughout high school.
Attended Brigham Young University (BYU) on an athletic scholarship and received my bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Earned my master’s degree in education from the University of San Francisco—began working in student affairs and as an academic advisor at Stanford University and at my alma mater, BYU.
Received my doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania.
I then began taking more leadership roles within education, acting as president and CEO of Lincoln Tech, then later as president and CEO of Neumont College of Computer Science.
I'm now the president of career readiness education at K12, where I'm leading the direction of the company’s Destinations Career Academies and programs on a national level.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Psychology, General
Brigham Young University-Provo
Graduate
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
University of San Francisco
Doctorate
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
University of Pennsylvania

Career

President of Career Readiness Education

I lead innovation in career education by delivering learning platforms and technology to students.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Business
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

At K12, I lead the direction of the company’s growing Destinations Career Academies and programs. These programs combine traditional high school academics with courses in health care, IT, business administration, manufacturing and more, preparing students to be college and workforce-ready. Right now, we are planning to peg different industry course offerings to specific parts of the country to better serve student needs. This involves a lot of partnership building.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You have to work hard and always treat people with respect. Playing sports can teach you a lot of skills and qualities needed for success. You have to keep your eye on the long term goal and keep pushing forward. Learn how to ask for and take advice. Always go the extra mile and do more than what is expected of you.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Make sure you surround yourself with a supportive group of people. Finding people that have the same goals or are on your same level can help motivate you instead of holding you back. Your network can often make or break your success.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You're an athlete so you must not do very well in school."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant