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 in the military, education and eventually in 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. Mr. Ortman was in the Coast Guard and was sent to a Navy school to become a sonarman in San Diego. After becoming a sonarman Third Class Petty Officer, Mr. Ortman was sent to a 95 foot Coast Guard patrol boat stationed at Shelter Island in San Diego, CA. Mr. Ortman studied hard and became a second class Petty Officer sonarman. Mr. Ortman requested that he be allowed to go to naval training center and become and instructor/teacher on liaison out of the Coast Guard into the Navy. Mr. Ortman graduated from the instructor/teacher school training with high marks and requested to teach at fleet anti-submarine warfare school in San Diego, CA. Mr. Ortman taught officers from all over the world in his teaching and classrooms located in sonar school teaching basic electricity, basic electronics and sonar operations. Fleet anti-submarine warfare school was a highly secretive Navy school due to its detection of underwater submarines. Some of the officers he taught could not believe how young Mr. Ortman was when he started teaching at 19 years old at the sonar school. He was one of the youngest instructors/teachers in the history of the sonar school. Mr. Ortman finished his tour of duty and had to remain on reserve status for four more years after he was discharged from the Coast Guard. Mr. Ortman received a good conduct medal for his service.

Mr. Ortman’s 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 your parent’s occupation, however, Mr. Ortman chose education. Mr. Ortman’s grandfather passed away, but his father was very proud of his accomplishments. Mr. Ortman earned a Bachelor of Arts from Laverne University and attended the Laverne Satellite School located at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, CA. Mr. Ortman completed his student teaching and received his California teaching credential. Mr. Ortman taught in California for nine years before becoming a school principal. He then went back to school to get a master’s degree in education from Cal Poly University. Mr. Ortman attended western states University College of Law for two years and decided that he did not want to become an attorney. He felt that being an attorney was too mercenary for him.

Mr. Ortman attributes his successes 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. Mr. Ortman taught elementary grades five and six and junior high school in Upland, CA. Mr. Ortman applied for summer school coordinator for seven elementary and two junior high schools. He then put out applications in California for different administrative jobs. He became a vice principal at Brawley Junior High School. After three years, Mr. Ortman applied to become principal at JW Oakley Elementary School. Mr. Ortman put in to become a principal in Fontana, CA. He remained an administrator in Fontana Unified School District until his retirement in 1996. In 1998, he became a real estate broker until he retired in 2018.

As a testament to Mr. Ortman’s accomplishments in education, Mr. Ortman received one of the highest awards in college, the Silver “C.”

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