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T.J. PRENDERGAST III

Area 2: Includes parts of Tustin, North Tustin, East Santa Ana, Irvine and unincorporated areas.

Photo of Donald P. WagnerTrustee T.J. Prendergast III was re-elected to the Board of Trustees in 2014 for a four-year term through 2018.

Mr. Prendergast is a social studies teacher and Aquatic Programs Director at Arnold O. Beckman High School in Irvine. Since 2004 he has instructed students, co-authored curriculum and assessments, and served as a technology trainer for the Aeries program.  He supervises assistant coaches for all aquatic sports, has initiated new programs in women’s water polo and women’s swimming, and organized a new aquatics parent booster club.  Previously, he served as a social studies teacher and Aquatic Programs Director at Rancho Buena Vista High School is Vista, California. 

Mr. Prendergast graduated from University High School in Irvine and attended community college before graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in history.  He holds a California Professional Clear Single Subject Technical Credential (Social Science with CLAD) and is an American Red Cross certified instructor for CPR and First Aid. 

“As a teacher and parent, I care about quality education. Now more than ever, taxpayer money needs to be spent in the classroom helping students reach their potential: preparing academic students for success at the university level, assisting vocational and professional students in the job market, and serving the needs of our community's life-long learners.  We must provide skills for success in the high-tech 21st Century,” said Trustee Prendergast. 

Mr. Prendergast lives in Tustin with his wife, Christy, and their two daughters. He can be contacted at: tprendergast@socccd.edu

 

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