A diversified career journey


With a resume that emcompasses several fields of law enforcement, Forensics Chemistry teacher Kenneth Carlson has found a new occupation that will allow him to employ his organizational and creative skills.

After three years at Diamond Bar High School, Carlson’s next step in his career will be as an instructional supervisor at the East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program. He was offered this position in the first week of November and started on Dec. 1, alternating between both DBHS and the ROP office during this transition period. In terms of academic classes, Carlson has already found a new instructor, Nancy Franklin—Carlson’s previous supervisor at the Chino Police Department.

“I began my new position while helping with the transition of the new Chemistry Through Forensic Science, Forensic Biology and Administration of Justice teacher, Mrs. Franklin,” Carlson said. “Essentially, I acted in a double-duty fashion from Dec. 1 until the winter break.”

As an instructional supervisor, Carlson is responsible for developing and monitoring the career and technical education program for the East San Gabriel Valley School District. 

“[The] position develops curriculum, provides staff development, submits state and federal reports, and prepares/monitors the CTE budget,” Carlson said. “[I] assist teachers with the development of their class for the good of students and the site they serve.”

Although Carlson has already changed occupations, his involvement with DBHS is far from over. As an assistant coach of the mock trial team, Carlson will continue to mentor the team, as he enjoys working with and coaching students.

“I have made arrangements to continue with this upcoming state competition,” Carlson said. “And, I hope to continue as an assistant coach, similar to persons who coach sport teams but are not actual staff members for DBHS.”
According to Carlson, his three years at DBHS were enjoyable, largely due to his positive interactions with students and staff. Despite this, his passion for helping others calls him to a new occupation.

“My life has been about service and this position provides an opportunity to maximize the impact I have toward the benefit of my fellow educators and students,” Carlson said. “[I’m excited] to create a broader impact for students and assist teachers, along with growing and developing a variety of ROP courses.”