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Class Notes May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Pete Selleck, Warren '93

Preuss Pride. Pete Selleck knew he wanted to be a teacher when he was a history student at UCSD. History ignited his passion for social justice, and sparked his interest in teaching children to read.

After nine years in the San Diego Unified School District, Selleck is now the vice principal of The Preuss School UCSD, a rigorous college-prep charter school for grades 6-12 located on campus. Preuss students come from many cultural backgrounds, but they all share two enrollment requirements: they are from low-income families and no parent is a college graduate.

"Education is the great equalizer," says Selleck. And at Preuss, Selleck's passion is the school's mission: to eliminate the barriers to success.

Preuss was recently named by Newsweek as the top miracle school in the United States "Everyone—student, faculty, staff and parent—shares the same goal: get those kids to college," he says. "Being able to go to work every day and work with kids is a good thing," says Selleck. "But you can't do it alone. You need to be part of a group of people who are really dedicated."

Selleck is proud of the fact that Preuss serves as a role model across the nation. "People are taking the concept of Preuss and bringing it back to their states and districts," says Selleck. "Seeing that those ideas are being replicated is really fulfilling."