Wayne Padover, Ph.D.

Meet Wayne

RiA Coach & Advisor Board Member

National University La Jolla California

A Personal Note from Wayne

I am very excited for the opportunity to work with international educators with the focused purpose of developing educational organizations to better students. My belief is that education is the panacea to improve our world. As individuals become increasingly aware of opportunities of improving the mind, body and spirit of all people young and old alike, the ability for all people to reach their potential becomes viable. As educational leaders, we have been given a special opportunity to inspire, motivate and chart a course for other professionals to serve students, support teachers and staff and ensure educational organizations attain its respective visions.


Throughout my career in the field of education, I’ve tried to blend, research, theory and practical experience to implement best practices as a teacher, administrator, consultant, mentor and coach. Utilizing assessment data, both formal and informal, have been some of my best teachers. We may feel very good about our professional successes, at the same time, I’ve oftentimes learned a great deal from my mistakes and things I might have done differently. When working with my students at the university and colleagues in school districts, I’ve come to realize we learn best when we gain trust of one another as we learn together.

About Wayne

Wayne Padover has served as an elementary, middle school and high school teacher, a special education teacher, an assistant principal, assistant superintendent of instruction, deputy superintendent and school district superintendent for twenty years. He has been a consultant for the California Department of Education and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and a search consultant for school district superintendents. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National School Foundation Association and the California Association of Professors of Educational Administration. In addition, he is Professor of Educational Leadership and Director of Clear Administrative Services at National University in La Jolla, California. He is also the co-author of two textbooks, Innovative Educational Leadership Through the Cycle of Change (2013) and Transforming into an Educational Leader (2018).

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My Areas of Expertise:

  • Educational Organizational Leadership

  • Leadership Coaching

  • Leadership Mentoring

  • Data-Driven Instruction

  • Classroom Management

  • Organizational Culture Development

  • School-Community Partnerships

  • Inquiry Model for Organizational Problem-Solving

  • Professional Learning Communities

  • Organizational Conflict Resolution

My Credentials:

  • Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration, University of Oregon

  • M.A. in Urban Education, University of Michigan

  • M.A. in Education Administration, California State University at San Jose

  • B.S. in Education, New York State University at Oneonta

  • Professor of Educational Leadership, National University, La Jolla, California

  • Past President, California Professors of Education Administration

  • Chair, National University Clear Administrative Services Credential Program

  • Board Member, National School Foundation Association

  • Board Member, California Consortium of Education Foundation

  • Consultant to the California Department of Education for Educational Leadership

  • Co-Author of two textbooks on Innovative Educational Leadership

  • Fifteen years in public education as elementary, middle grades, high school and special education teacher

  • Twenty years as school district superintendent of schools

  • Featured speaker at State, National and International Conference

  • California Administrative Services Credential

  • California Teacher Credential

Available Locations:

  • ONLINE: Worldwide

  • IN-PERSON: San Diego, California area

How do I request Wayne as my RiA Coach?


  1. Apply for membership to the RiA Community by clicking on the "Become a Member" button.

  2. Request Wayne as your coach (during the application process).

  3. Once approved for membership, your first session will be arranged!

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