About Principal Ianora


Joe Ianora, Principal, Leigh High School has been an educational leader for more than 35 years. Joe has been leading schools by fostering learning communities for students, staff and parents. He has been lucky enough to hold almost every position within a school site, from custodian up to principal and everything in-between. He has worked with inner city schools and suburban districts. He has K-16 experience, with an emphasis on high school.

Joe began his career at an all-boys high school in the Bronx, NY. He moved to Oakland where he continued his teaching and counseling career, working with inner city students. He moved into administration and became principal of San Ramon Valley HS in 2004. Under Joe’s leadership, San Ramon Valley High School was consistently named a top performing school by US News and World Report, was a California Distinguished School in 2006, 2009 and 2012 and in 2012, was a blue ribbon school and was ranked 88th of 2,200 school in California for its Academic Program and Student Engagement.

His leadership vision centers around supporting students and their learning, staff and their work. He has found that engaging students, staff and parents in an ongoing learning dialogue creates a transformative educational environment. He strives to engage school and community stakeholders in developing clear and shared beliefs within a highly collaborative, student-centered culture. Joe has been deeply committed to helping educators, students and parents understand the transformational power of resiliency and balance in a student’s life.  Joe uses this passion to bring his presentations to life.

In addition to being a national presenter, author, and coach for Solution Tree (PLC’s), Joe has many years of experience helping schools reduce stress for students, foster resiliency and create a healthy, engaged student. He is the parent of three adult children, has been an educational coach, worked with site administrators for the past 10 years as well as converted schools into a place of safety and learning.

Joe received an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Psychology and Theology from Saint Mary's College of California and an MA in counseling from the same institution.  He holds a pupil personnel services credential, an administrative services credential, is a certified educational coach and a licensed marriage and family therapist.