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Excel Academy Charter School is authorized under Warner Unified School District and Helendale School District. We are proud of the esteemed and accomplished board members that make decisions in the best interest of our students and our community.

Our Board Members

Excel Academy is governed by the Excel Academy Charter Schools Board of Directors. Many of the board members have years of experience in education, having worked at the local, district, and state levels. Board meetings take place regularly, the minutes from which can be found below, beneath the self-profiles of its various members.

William Hall


I have worked in education for the past 46 years as teacher, counselor, principal and consultant. I am also a certified core adjunct faculty member at National University, working with aspiring teachers, administrators and counselors. I enjoy serving as a board member of Excel Academy Charter Schools. Doing so affords me, as well as all board members, an opportunity to affect policies, procedures, and programs that have a direct, positive impact upon students.

Michael Humphrey

Vice President

My career started in education as a result of a startling realization, while working in juvenile probation, that there must be a way to have a positive impact on children so they might avoid the pitfalls of what I saw them experiencing in this early career work. I developed a vision and a dream that things could be better. Elementary education was a bright path to that end. 45 years later after having been an elementary school teacher, a special educator, a public elementary and private junior high principal, a college professor in my field of psychology and now an active board member on Excel Academy Charter Schools has given me a rare opportunity to see that dream realized. Excel Academy Charter Schools board membership is an extension of that dream and I am so grateful that it continues to this day and hopefully will as long as I am able to help. I am convinced that we do noble work together.

Susan Houle


I spent 31 incredible years in education serving students, parents, and teachers. I taught 7th grade basic education which includes English, reading, writing and social science. At the high school level I taught world history and for ten years I was an administrator. I retired a few years ago and now I’m able to go deep sea fishing more often and travel to go salmon and bass fishing.

Steve Fraire

Board Member

I have been a career educator for over 38 years beginning in the bay area as a Principal, Assistant Principal, Director of Student Activities, SARB/Truancy Intervention Coordinator, Special Education and Juvenile Court School teacher and then with the San Diego County Office of Education as Coordinator of Child Welfare, Attendance, and School Safety. I currently serve on the California Department of Education School Attendance Review Board and Southern California Charter School Boards. I have been Past President of the Southern Section California Association Coordinators of Child Welfare and Attendance and the Marin County Juvenile Justice Commission. I have been awarded Marin County Educator of the Year and have received a State Assembly Resolution for Dedication to Education and Marin County Board of Supervisors Resolution of Commendation for Service to the Educational Community.

Larry Alvarado

Board Member

My experience in the field of education is as follows: National University, 2010 to present, Adjunct Professor Dept of Special Education. University of San Diego, 2006 to 2014, Adjunct Professor Dept of Special Education. Chula Vista Elementary School District, 1991 to Dec. 2010, Chula Vista, California Position: Principal (retired) Chula Vista Elementary School District, March, 1990 to July 1991, Chula Vista, California Program Specialist. San Ysidro School District, September, 1984 to March, 1990 San Ysidro, California Director Special Services. National School District, September, 1979 to June, 1984, National City, California Resource Specialist. Home of Guiding Hands, Summer 1978 and 1979, Lakeside, California Special Education Teacher. I have joined MY Academy as a member of their Board to support their efforts in providing a high-quality educational experience for the students who have enrolled in this program. I have seen firsthand the dedication of the staff for the students in the program. I wanted to be a part of a Charter School Board that puts students first. It has been my pleasure working with my fellow Board Members and the Leadership Team.

Use the resources below to explore more about our board, upcoming and past meeting dates, agendas, accountability plans, and more.