Degrees and Certifications:
Richard M. Sheehan, Ed.D.
Dr. Richard M. Sheehan serves as the Superintendent of the Covina-Valley Unified School District. Dr. Sheehan has worked in public education for the past 30 years. Prior to joining the District, Dr. Sheehan served as the Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at Glendale Unified School District.
Superintendent Sheehan began his career as a high school teacher. During his tenure at Covina-Valley, he held the position of teacher, coach, and athletic director at Covina High School. He was then promoted to Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, and Principal at Northview High School before moving to the District Office as Director, Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Sheehan received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton; a Master’s degree in Pupil Personnel Services and an Administrative Credential from Azusa Pacific University; and a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.
Among his accomplishments, Dr. Sheehan was awarded the ACSA Region XV David G. Millen Mentoring Award; Person of the Year, Davidian and Mariamian Educational Foundation; California Department of Education Principal’s Award; Parent Teacher Association’s Honorary Service Award; California Interscholastic Federation Champions, Covina High School Head Football Coach; and Coach of the Year by the Los Angeles Times, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, and the National Football Foundation.
As a life-time resident of Covina, graduate of South Hills High School, Sierra Vista Middle School, and Mesa Elementary School, Dr. Sheehan believes that kids are fundamentally the same. They have different needs and wants, but deep down they want to be loved and feel secure. His wife is a graduate of South Hills High School, Sierra Vista Middle School, and Barranca Elementary School, and is the Principal at Barranca Elementary School. He has three sons; all are alumni of South Hills High School. Two are in college, one is attending the University of La Verne, and his youngest is attending the University of Arizona. His oldest son is an alumnus of San Diego State University.
Dr. Sheehan values his strong connection to Covina-Valley staff, students, and parents; and close community ties. His passion is preparing students for their futures!