With a thirty-three year background as a teacher, coach, and administrator at the elementary through university levels, Dr. Cunningham has worked in rural as well as urban schools. He served as Chair of the Writing Committee for the 1993 Health Framework for California Public Schools. In 1999, the California Department of Education identified Cunningham as a Distinguished Educator for his work in improving student learning in low performing schools.
Raised in San Diego County, he is a graduate of San Diego State University, Cal State University Bakersfield, and United States International University, where his doctoral work focused on the application of brain research to classroom practice.
Possessing a wide range of perspectives, Dr. Cunningham is sought internationally as a speaker in the areas of brain research, integrated curriculum, health education, and as a facilitator of strategic planning. He left the San Diego County Office of Education where he served for thirteen years as the Coordinator of Small School District Services and is currently the Superintendent of the Bonsall Unified School District.