LDI Highlight - Donnie Kirchmeier

The California School-Age Consortium is proud to highlight Donnie Kirchmeier from CalSAC's Leadership Development Institute 360°/365 fellowship.  Donnie is a leader who has demonstrated unrivaled commitment to the field and drive for advanced leadership in the out-of-school time and early learning field.

Donnie Kirchmeier, Poway Unified School District - San Diego

Donnie Kirchmeier, Poway Unified School District - San Diego

Donald (Donnie) Kirchmeier was born and raised in San Diego California.  He has been working for the Poway Unified School District (PUSD) in the Extended Students Services (ESS) program for the last 17 years.  He started out as a program aide and then after about 4 years moved into a leadership role as a LEAD assistant.  Donnie then quickly became an ESS Supervisor in 2006.  He has worked at many different size schools in different demographics within the PUSD schools.  His most recent challenge was taking the ESS program into the realm of Middle School aged students, with the opening of the districts 39th school Design39 Campus and TK-8th School.  Not only is this a school that services Tk-8th grade students, it also has a different learning model that incorporates project based learning, growth mindset, and design thinking along with many other aspects to, “Change the way we do school.”

Donnie had intentions of becoming a middle school math teacher, but found his passion working with students in the before and afterschool programs.  He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational Studies with a Minor in Child-development.  He has started classes for his Masters Degree in Public Administration.  Donnie is currently working in the same school district that he attended since kindergarten, and that three generations of his family has also worked for, spanning over the last 50 years.

Donnie found the love of his life while working at one of his elementary schools, and is now married with three beautiful children that take up most of his time.  When he can find time away from his family he enjoys playing golf and softball.

The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength not a lack of knowledge but rather a lack of will.
— Vince Lombardi