Frederick La Verne Ortman

Title: Retired California School Principal
Company: Fontana Unified School District
Location: Coachella, California, United States

Frederick La Verne Ortman, MEd, Retired California School Principal at Fontana Unified School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education administration.

Mr. Ortman has had a very exciting career from the military, to education and eventually to real estate. He feels that his life has been guided by a divine force. He has had a life and career that he has enjoyed and loved. Mr. Ortman started teaching at the age of 19 and loved it. He believes you should do what you love and not what you have to do or something that you hate to do. He taught officers from all over the world in his teaching and classrooms in the Sonarman School, some couldn’t believe how young he was, but he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy and received a conduct medal. However, his father was a factory worker, brewer for a beer company and his grandfather on his mother’s side was an undertaker and mortician. It used to be that you followed after your parents but he chose education and his father was very proud. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Laverne Satellite School. He then received a Master of Science in education from California Polytechnic University. Continuing with his education, he took coursework towards a Juris Doctorate from California State University.

Mr. Ortman attributes his success to the love of his work and the enthusiasm he has for life daily. He is always unsure of what tomorrow will bring and always tries to make the best of the day that is in front of him. He began his career as teacher at Sonarman schools and then with Allan Hancock Junior College. He also went on to tech at Oakley School and Vanderburg Junior High School. He then became a vice principal at Rawlings County Junior High. From there he became an assistant principal and J.W. teacher of history and physical education. Moving up he became a principal at Fontana Unified School District until his retirement in 1996. In 1998, Mr. Ortman became a real estate broker, until he retired in 2018. As a testament to his success, Mr. Ortman received the Silver Seine Award which is the highest award you can receive.

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