David Perrodin PhD Director of Safety
David Perrodin, PhD, worked twelve years as a Director of Special Education & Pupil Services. He exited school administration in order to focus exclusively on researching school safety and high-stakes decision-making at University of Wisconsin – Madison.
As an expert in safety preparedness and response, Dr. Perrodin has presented on public television, in school districts and at school safety conferences. He has access to the top safety specialists in the industry and works collaboratively with this talented network to bring unparalleled services to clients. In 2016, he partnered with Pulitzer Prize winning author and producer David Obst to write and direct a script involving an intruder in an elementary school setting.
David has entered his 17th year as a core faculty member with Viterbo University’s Educational Leadership Department. He instructs aspiring school administrators on the nuances of pupil nondiscrimination and school safety and also teaches educators how to promote inclusion of students with special needs.
In 2019, Rowman & Littlefield publishers released Dr. Perrodin’s book, Schools of Errors – Rethinking School Safety in America. The book received more than a dozen editorial endorsements and was lauded for exposing the unchecked fortification of America’s schools and for identifying the systemic disregard of scientifically-supported measures known to improve threat identification and reporting processes.
Wayne Sakamoto Senior ConsultantDuring a 26-year career in education, Mr. Sakamoto became a leading expert in the field of school safety. As the Director of Safe Schools in Murrieta California, he developed the district safe schools unit, assisted in the development and implementation of safe schools plans and activities, conducted periodic safety and security audits while working with and monitoring campus security and campus aides to ensure a safe school environment.
Mr. Sakamoto’s background also includes a career as the Lead Coordinator for Violence Prevention/Intervention Team for the San Diego County Office of Education where he assisted 42 school districts with safe schools and violence prevention efforts. His expertise and technical assistance as a content expert, consultant and trainer has led to national recognition for his work in connection with trainings on school safety topics such as connecting at-risk youth, building positive school culture, gang awareness and prevention, violence awareness and prevention, hate crime prevention and solutions to bullying.
Mr. Sakamoto produced a series of training videos for Sprigeo based on his Solutions to Bullying professional development series. Sprigeo is pleased to have Wayne as a part of the team.
René Moncada Senior ConsultantMr. Moncada’s experience in education spans over 15 years. As the Director of Safe Schools for the Tulare County Office of Education Mr. Moncada provided administrative leadership, oversight and technical support for federal and state grants to county schools. He developed and provide professional development trainings for six Central California counties on Safe Schools strategic planning. His expertise in developing countywide partnerships between education, law enforcement, department of social services, District Attorney’s Office, and various community-based organizations has resulted in high-impact programs and assistance to students throughout the state of California.
Mr. Moncada’s background also includes a career as the Administrator of Migrant Education for Region VIII in California. In this position he provided administrative leadership and support to 52 school districts throughout Kings and Tulare counties, which included overseeing all aspects of Pre-K, Out of School Youth, K-12 Interventions, Health, and Parent training and development.
René was the primary author connected with the Sprigeo Crisis Response Plan. His experience as a school safety expert, school administrator, and community advisor has proven to be invaluable to the growth and sustainability of Sprigeo.
Greg Sorenson Senior ConsultantGreg Sorenson has had an extensive law enforcement career in Southern California. He has worked patrol, as a detective in criminal investigations, internal affairs, community resources and most recently as a sergeant on patrol. During his time as a community resources officer, he conducted numerous seminars regarding school related violence and implemented school security measures for both public and private institutions. Greg is excited to be a part of the Sprigeo team and is looking forward to advising the organization in his field of knowledge.
Aidan McDanielAidan McDaniel has been involved with Bullying Prevention for many years. He started off at an early age, participating in presentations with his father Gary McDaniel. From there, he became more involved with his school’s efforts towards bettering the climate for his peers. He worked on the Stand Up For Others campaign, began the “Launching People Into the Friendzone” initiative, and presented the “Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand” program to his school and his county’s board of education. He then began presenting at larger conferences including…
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