Mr. Alvarado has a passion for education that his own upbringing has shaped. Raised by his grandmother, she taught him the valuable lesson that you can achieve anything in this world by following your heart, no matter where you come from or who you are. He believes that a strong work ethic can counteract difficult circumstances. His experience teaching Reading at the University of La Verne literacy center and coaching high school football helped him discover his love for teaching and developing students' life skills and strategies for success.
Frankie grew up in San Bernardino County, where he attended Serrano High School. He attended the University of La Verne for his bachelor's and master's degrees and teaching credentials. He later earned his clear administrative credential from National University.
Having spent 14 years in education, with nine of those years in administration, Mr. Alvarado has worked in a variety of roles, including special education teacher, special education coordinator, assistant principal, principal, and director. He has administrative experience at the elementary, middle school, high school, and central office levels giving him a well-rounded TK-12 perspective. Additionally, he has coached soccer, football, basketball, and softball.
Mr. Alvarado has been married to his wife Nicollette for 18 years this June, and together they have three children: Addison, Axel Thor, and Alena. Frankie and his family are excited to become part of the Ukiah community, surrounded by the beautiful wilderness and nature that the area has to offer. Outside of work, they enjoy being active outdoors; their fun includes hiking, off-road vehicles, and traveling. In the winter months, they enjoy winter sports in the mountains, and during the summer, they love spending time on or in the water, where paddle boarding and smores are a family tradition.
As the new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Mr. Alvarado sees this position as a fantastic opportunity to use his experience and skills to benefit Ukiah Unified School District. His goal is always to build and develop a culture of learning and feedback. He is eager to continue his journey in education in Ukiah, bringing his passion for teaching and learning to help students reach their full potential.