Greg Miraglia

Greg Miraglia

Dean of Occupational Services

Napa Valley College


My road in life took a while to figure out.
First, I was hired as a police cadet with the Walnut Creek Police Department in 1978.
I was hired as a police academy instructor after 5 years of working on the police force.
I was appointed academy director of Napa Police Academy in 1999.
I met Judy Shepard in June 2001 and got involved with the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
I came out of the closet as a gay man in 2004.
I wrote my first book of gay police officer coming out stories in 2007.
I got married to the love of my life, also a teacher, in 2006.
In 2012, I created an accredited LGBT studies program that I now teach at my college.
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High School
University of Phoenix-Southern Arizona Campus
Business Administration and Management, General
University of Phoenix-Southern Arizona Campus


Dean of Occupational Services

I teach LGBT studies and law enforcement at Napa Valley Junior College.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I oversee career education programs at Napa Valley College. I teach cultural diversity and human relations classes for the police academy and teach and coordinate our LGBT Studies Program.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

A successful police officer comes to the job with good life experience. The same is true for teachers. A formal education offers options and can open many doors in the future.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Law enforcement requires applicants to have a clean driving record, no criminal record, and to be able to demonstrate good decision making. A college education is important. A two-year degree is a good start, but a Masters Degree should be the goal.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Education, General


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Being gay is a sin and is bad. You could not have career in law enforcement if you were gay. In 1978, I heard politicians say you couldn't be a public school teacher if you were gay. The message was consistent that being gay was unacceptable."

Challenges I Overcame