Mr. Kane began his career in education in the Conejo Valley Unified School District in 1970. He taught math at Sequoia, Redwood, and Colina middle schools, and at Westlake High School. He also taught methods courses for other educators through UCSB Extension, and math at Moorpark and Oxnard colleges, in addition to teaching adult education at CVUSD. He served as Sequoia's counselor from 1979 to 1983, then as Colina's counselor from 1983 to 2008.
In 2009 Mr. Kane joined the staff of Conejo Valley Adult School as its counselor, administrative coordinator, Learning Center coordinator, evening administrator, and webmaster. He also serves as chief administrator of the adult school's Test Center (GED, HiSET, IT, teacher credentialing), and as SAT Prep Program coordinator. He is chairperson of our school's WASC Accreditation Committee.
Mr. Kane was named 1994 Amgen Tri-County Educator of the Year —the only counselor ever so recognized. He was Teacher of the Year in Conejo Valley in 1971, and first runner-up for Outstanding Young Educator in California in 1972. In 1974, the California Teachers Association honored Mr. Kane with the Merit Award for Innovative Development in Mathematics. Our counselor was named a CTY Johns Hopkins Fellow in 1989, the only counselor up to that time to earn that honor. Mr. Kane has received various PTSA awards, including the prestigious Golden Oak Award, in 2005.
Your counselor was a math major at UCLA, and received his teaching and counseling credentials (1970, 1977), along with his Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance (1977), from Cal State Northridge. He holds a school administrative credential, and has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1981.
At Colina, Mr. Kane was technology chairperson and webmaster. He created a comprehensive database and communication system that was used schoolwide from 1993 to 2006. He conducted some ten annual contests offered at Colina.
Our counselor has served as a supervisor for a biennial U.S. Department of Education project—the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), known in the media as "The Nation's Report Card."
Annually, he teaches summer courses in math and verbal areas at Pierce College Extension, Woodland Hills.
As owners/directors of a private learning center since 1981, Mr. Kane and his wife, Bonnie, have helped hundreds of young people succeed in their academic subjects, develop study skills, and prepare for the SAT college-entrance exam.
Mr. and Mrs. Kane have been married since 1977. They have two adult children—Michael and Elise. Mr. Kane enjoys playing and watching baseball (Go Dodgers!), collecting baseball cards, playing chess, listening to all kinds of music, pursuing photography, developing databases and websites (for Colina and Adult School, namely!), reading, and attending plays and art exhibits with his wife. The couple have volunteered as docents at the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance, in Los Angeles. Mr. & Mrs. Kane especially enjoy working with students.