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Dr. Splane grew up as a military brat, the last of nine children to a Mexican mother and AfricanAmerican father, near Fort Ord, California. He grew up as an athlete attending nearby Seaside High School, focusing less on school and more on where the next party was. Friends and acquaintances of his did the same but ended up having less than desirable life outcomes down the road; some of them become addicted to drugs, others sold them, and even others in prison or killed.

While relying on faith, family and friends, Dr. Splane eventually obtained a degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from San Jose state, a Masters of Arts in Education from University of California, Berkeley, and remained at Berkeley until completing his Doctorate degree in Educational Psychology. Now in his twenty-third year in education, Dr. Splane has served as a school psychologist, Director of Pupil Services and Special Education, Assistant Principal, and is in his sixth year as principal of Bernal Intermediate School in San Jose (Oak Grove School District).

Previously, over the last 6 years, Dr. Splane has led Bernal through a transformative process that shifted the culture from “adult-first” to a “student-first” culture. Dr. Splane’s areas of focus also include staff development and school culture via growth-mindset, equity, special education, culture and climate, mental health, student discipline, and staff wellness and self-care.

Dr. Jamal Splane is now the Director of Climate, Culture, Curriculum, and Instruction – Los Gatos-Saratoga USD