Gary Storts

Gary Storts, Superintendent

Phone: (707) 441-2414
[email protected]

Micalyn Harris, Executive Assistant

Phone: (707) 441-2414
Fax: (707) 441-3326
[email protected]

Gary Storts is firmly rooted in his hometown, living in the beautiful coastal town of Eureka, California.
Gary's connection to education started early in life as a student in Eureka's local schools. He continued his academic path close to home, attending Cal Poly Humboldt, just a 15-minute drive from the house he grew up in. At Cal Poly Humboldt, Gary achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree, an Elementary Teaching Credential, an Administrative Services Credential, and a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership.
Gary's professional journey in education began in the South Bay Union Elementary School District. He took on various roles, from paraprofessional to after-school assistant, summer custodial worker, Science Fair Coordinator, and coach in basketball, cross country, and track and field. His versatility and dedication stood out.

His calling emerged when he became a 6th-grade teacher at Pine Hill Elementary within the South Bay School District. Here, he started shaping young minds and nurturing a love for learning.

In 2012, Gary ventured into leadership roles, first as an Assistant Principal, then a Principal, and in 2014, he was appointed Superintendent of the South Bay School District. Under his leadership, the district observed more than a 30% increase in students reading at or above grade level.
In November 2021, Gary embraced a new challenge as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at Eureka City Schools. Here, he continues his mission to ensure every student receives an equitable education - advocating for evidence-based early literacy programs, purposeful collaboration, and promoting strengths-based leading and learning.

In November 2023, the Governing Board appointed Gary as the Superintendent for Eureka City Schools, starting January 1, 2024.   As the newly appointed Superintendent, Gary has outlined his top priorities, emphasizing a strong focus on early literacy, creating a sense of belonging on campus, and preparing students for future success in the workforce.
Outside of work, Gary finds joy in his family. He's happily married to Shawna Storts, a first-grade teacher at Lafayette Elementary - Eureka City Schools. Together, they are raising two amazing sons, Kaeden, an 8th grader at Winship Middle School, and Owen, a 3rd grader at Grant Elementary, both in Eureka City Schools.

Updated: January 2024