||Meet Robert “Bo” Gutzwiller, Superintendent
His name is Bo Gutzwiller. But to the students and families of Foothill Christian School, he is simply “Mr. G.” He attended California State University, Northridge (CSUN) from 1980-87, earning first a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, then a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration. After beginning his teaching and administrative career in the San Fernando Valley, Mr. G accepted the top leadership post at Foothill Christian School in 1987.
As Superintendent, he has led FCS through four accreditation visits and championed program growth to include a junior high program from just two self-contained classrooms to one that instructs 145 students with classes in advanced placement math, Spanish and over 25 elective course offerings. His passion for excellence has been a driving force for significant expansion in the area of technology, athletics and library services, as well as the creation of a Fine Arts Department complete with a full-time music teacher and programs in band, strings, dance and the performing arts.
Mr. G has led FCS through the addition of a 33,000-square-foot educational complex complete with additional classrooms, a computer lab, music department and administrative offices at its Baseline campus. In 2004, he oversaw the construction of FCS’ state-of-the-art preschool on Route 66 in 2004 at a time when the demand for enrollment at Foothill’s preschool was so great that applicants faced a two-year waiting list.
In addition to his work at FCS, Mr. G has served the Christian and private school community in a variety of capacities, including a three-year stint (1997-2000) with the Association of Christian Schools, International (ACSI) that included time spent as its International District Representative and memberships on the Regional Council and Accreditation Commission. He has also served as Accreditation Chairman for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and on the International Committee of ACSI since 1991 and on the ACSI International Executive Board since 2007. He has twice served as International Accreditation team leader, first in Malaysia in 2001, then in Cambodia in 2009.
When it comes to his passion for education and philosophy about learning, motivation is what makes all the difference: “I not only place high emphasis on nurturing and developing students’ minds, but also unleashing their inspired potential. The MQ—the motivational quotient-- is as important as the IQ, because inspiration and motivation can sustain you in the end. It’s about one’s drive to work hard, to be deeply committed, and to engage passionately in those things that one believes and dearly loves. Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Mr. G’s wife, Vicky, serves as director of the Route 66 Preschool. His daughters Nicole, Kori and Lindsey are all FCS alumni and graduates of Azusa Pacific University.