Jack O’ Connell

Former CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Former State Superintendent Jack O’Connell brings decades of public service and expertise to Impact Teen Drivers. During his two terms as State Superintendent of Public Instruction and twenty years as both a state Senator and Assembly Member, O’Connell focused on closing the achievement gap and preparing students for a rapidly changing global economy by holding high standards for all students. He is most proud of his successful efforts in reducing the vote threshold for passage of local school bonds from 67% to 55%. He remains a strong supporter and facilitator of partnerships among schools, businesses, communities, and philanthropies in order to engage all students with challenging, real-world education experiences. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton, and a secondary teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach. He is married to Dr. Anne O’Connell, a former California school superintendent.