About Carol Hansen, Ed.D.
Dr. Carol Hansen has served as the Superintendent of the Ocean View School District since July, 2015. Her 30 plus-year career in public education includes serving as a high school teacher, coach, and activities specialist in Long Beach Unified School District; then moving to the Westminster School District where she was an assistant principal, middle school principal, director of classified personnel, and assistant superintendent of human resources; followed by the position of Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in the ABC Unified School District. She received her BA and MA from CSU Long Beach and her doctorate in Education in a joint program at University of California, Irvine and UCLA.
Dr. Hansen works closely with her Board of Trustees and Cabinet, embracing and growing a culture of shared governance. During her short tenure in the Ocean View School District, Dr. Hansen has worked with her Cabinet to rebuild the credibility and stability of the District by renewing the focus on student learning and innovative programs for students, such as Science, Technology Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM), Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), Environmental Science, and Duel Language Immersion.
Dr. Hansen possesses a strong background in school leadership, human resources, and labor relationships. Since coming to OVSD, Dr. Hansen has worked tirelessly to forge effective and productive working relationships between District leaders and the unions in OVSD, resulting in the formation of Partnership with Administration and Labor, or PAL, in OVSD. The PAL philosophy and structure allows for collaborative problem-solving, open communication, and a focus on a common vision. OVSD has been recognized as a model District for labor partnerships by the California Labor Management Initiative (CLMI).
Dr. Hansen currently serves as the Chair of the School Employers’ Association of California (SEAC). She serves on the Association of California School Administrators’ (ACSA) state Board of Directors’ representing Orange County. She previously served for three years as the President of ACSA State Human Resource Council. In 2011, she was named as ACSA’s State Administrator of the Year for Human Resources. In 2015, she was awarded the Ray Curry Award for outstanding achievement and performance in the field of Human Resources.
The common threads running throughout Dr. Hansen’s career, in addition to her commitment to education, are effective leadership and collaboration. In each of her professional roles, she has worked diligently to engage many different audiences, to link stakeholders in the community and within her organization, and to create lasting and constructive programs within her field.