Councilmember Leonard Shryock is very proud of his long history in Norwalk. His mother was a member of the first graduating class of Norwalk High School in 1960. In 1966, He began attending Norwalk schools. His teachers instilled in him an appreciation for the importance of doing one's best and the need to help others. He graduated in the top ten of his class from Excelsior High school in 1978. As the years unfolded, his brother Ralph graduated from John Glenn in 1983, and his brother Dominick graduated from Norwalk High in 1995.
Councilmember Shryock is proud to say he was an original member of the Norwalk All City Band that began in 1975. After graduating from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in Economics, he came to realize that the most important thing that he could do in his life was help others. Always having loved school, it was natural to become a teacher. He went back to school and earned a Master's degree in Educational Administration from Cal State Fullerton.
In 1995, Councilmember Shryock married his childhood sweetheart, Corrine. They met growing up in Norwalk. His father-in-law, Lou Alejandro, was his little league coach and became a mentor to him as an adult. "Big Lou" reinforced the Councilmember's desire to serve the community through his volunteer work with the All City Band and the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife have two daughters, Catarina and Christina, born in 1998 and 2000.
In 1995, Councilmember Shryock was elected to the Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education. He served nine years on the board.
Shryock is currently serving his second four-year term on City Council. He served as Mayor during 2015-2016, focusing on collaboration and community partnerships to advance public safety, education and achieve the goals set out in the City's 2020 Vision Strategic Action Plan.
Councilmember Shryock believes his life's experiences make him uniquely qualified to be an asset to the Norwalk City Council. He understands that residents' lives are filled with pressures and challenges especially here in Southern California. Councilmember Shryock pledges to serve Norwalk with integrity, honesty, and stewardship.
M.S., Educational Administration, CSU, Fullerton, 2000
B.A., Economics, CSU, Long Beach, 1989
A.A., Music, Cerritos College, 1988
Excelsior High School - Graduated in the "Top Ten"
Centennial Jr. High (Now Waite Middle School)
John Dolland Elementary
Clear Administrative Services Credential (expires 9/1/2017)
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential (expires 9/1/2017)
La Mirada High School, La Mirada, California, September 2009-Present
Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction
Norwalk High School, Norwalk, California, December 2004-June 2009
Math Department Chair/Math Teacher
La Puente High School, La Puente, California, September 2001-December 2004
Frontier Continuation High School, Whittier, California, March 1995-2001
Middle School Teacher
Hutchinson Middle School, La Mirada, California, September 1994-March 1995
Other Related Service/Activities
NLMUSD School Board Member, 1995-2004
Southeast ROP Board Member, 1999- November 2004
Parks and Recreation Commission, 1994-1998
Community Promotion Commission, 1999-2003
Norwalk All City Band, 1975-1983
Arturo Sanchez Memorial Scholarship, First Recipient 1983
Cerritos College Musician of the Year, 1985
California School Board Association, 1995-2004, Conference Presenter, 2001
California School Leadership Academy Associate