Sean Boulton first earned a bachelor's degree in History from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri and taught in the Springfield Unified School District for two years.
After completing his first master's degree in English Education--also from Drury--he returned to Southern California in 1998 to teach English in the Los Angeles Unified School District at Charles Maclay Middle School in Pacoima.
After a year there, it was on to teach English at Ensign Middle School. While there, he earned his second master's degree in Administration from Cal State Fullerton.
Sean Boulton's first administration position was at Estancia High School where he served as an assistant principal.
In 2006 he moved on to Laguna Hills High School in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District where he served as an assistant principal for two years.
He was subsequently named principal of Laguna Hills High, a position he held for the next 5 years.
After many wonderful years at the "Home of the Hawks" in Laguna Hills, it was back to Newport-Mesa Unified and Newport Harbor High School!
Sean is currently entering his fourth year as Principal of Newport Harbor and is enjoying every minute of his time as a Sailor.
My educational philosophy centers on student learning, and I am completely committed to the concept that every student can learn and that teachers become the pathway for those educational experiences. It is my belief that educational leaders are the energy behind excellent teaching through which students discover and internalize the understanding and skills they need for a productive, meaningful and satisfying life within our global society. Principals must promote teaching that challenges students to reach beyond merely knowing and understanding the course material. Students should be encouraged to analyze information, critically discuss ideas, find ways to apply their learning in real life situations, define concepts within an international frame of reference, and ultimately use their intellectual growth to create and evaluate new forms and perspectives. School should exist to spark the imagination of every student; great high schools have leaders that value all students and realize that students learn differently, and that every student is not going to college. We must provide different pathways for success so our high school students have vocational goals in addition to college goals, and reinstall value in technical jobs that require complex skills. I believe in an inclusive educational community that embraces a wide range of diversity, and that guidance interventions can make a difference to reinforce a students' focus for success. Further, the administration of a comprehensive high school must hold students accountable for their social behavior, and set academic expectations high if our students are to become productive scholars on our high school campuses. The best high schools are magical for students and change their lives, and make them lifelong learners. I feel that my personal and professional experiences have prepared me well for the public high school principalship, and guidance from my mentors have shaped my educational philosophy. One of the greatest challenges in our multilingual, multicultural, and complex global society is preparing our youth for the future. It is my goal that Newport Harbor High School just doesn't educate our students well, but we also teach them to how to positively reshape the world in unimaginable ways.