Born the fourth and last child to immigrant parents, Ireta grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he was born and raised. After graduating from high school, he attended California State University Hayward (now known as Cal State East Bay). While in college, he competed for CSUH in public speaking tournaments across the State and coached high school students in speech and debate. He also judged public high school forensic competitions while in college. After he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication, he quickly found work in Southern California as an English as a Second Language Instructor and Spanish Instructor. Immediately he knew that a field in education was his calling. He was later hired full-time in a neighboring district to work with first generation students at a California Distinguished High School where he worked for four years. A number of his students were recipients of the prestigious Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship and were accepted to schools such as UC Berkeley, USC, UCLA, USD and Stanford. The valuable experience he gained there fueled his passion to pursue a degree in counseling. He earned back to back Masters Degrees, one in Counseling and one in Education.
For the past 15 years, he has been working as a credentialed high school counselor in a high achieving district just north of Los Angeles in Ventura County. In addition to counseling high school students, he has worked as an administrator during the summer months; however, his passion lies in working with students. As a result of his diverse attributes, he has always had the pleasure of working with not only the highest of achievers with vast resources but also English Language Learners (who often have very limited resources). He works closely with students and families who have come from across the globe, including but not limited to places such as Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. It is his goal to guide students of all backgrounds and academic abilities for success in college, whether it be at an Ivy League school or a public university.
- Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Preliminary
- Master of Science Degree Program, Emphasis Area: Counseling and Guidance
- Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication/Interpersonal Communication
- Pupil Personnel Services
- Administrative Services Credential
- California Association for Counseling and Development
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
- Association of California School Administrators
One the books that influenced me greatly was Stephen Covey’s, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I live by Habit 2 and seek to instill it in young men and women. Habit 2 is: Begin With The End in Mind. I believe it is crucial for adolescents today to plot a course early on in their high school career in order to obtain the best results in achieving their desired outcomes. I am passionate and enthusiastic in assisting students reach their dreams, even if it seems like a stretch. My work as an administrator as well as my knowledge of school law serve as a valuable resource in working outside the box, but still within the scope of the education code. I thrive on matching talents and characteristics of students with ideal colleges, while ensuring that each applicant presents himself or herself to his or her best advantage. I utilize a holistic approach in conjunction with technology, juxtaposing strengths and weaknesses to create realistic college matches while still allowing room for one’s “dream school”. The greatest contribution I believe I can make in students’ lives is to help them realize their potential and help them achieve their post-secondary dreams.
“I can’t count the number of times I went to Mr.Ireta for advice- about college, classes, and scholarships.He is incredibly kind, patient, and knowledgeable. There were a number of times that I applied to scholarships at the last minute, as that was the only way I could afford college. I would frantically come into the office and there was Mr.Ireta- calm and ready to help me in whatever way was necessary. He knows that ins and outs of the college system and often goes out of his way to prepare students for the college application process. He didn’t have to deal with my frequent unscheduled arrivals at his office, but in his patience and drive to help students succeed, he would welcome me to take a seat and talk through whatever I was having trouble with. I know that I am where I am today because of how Mr.Ireta got to know me personally and went above and beyond to ensure my success!”
– Katie O., Northeastern University Class of 2019
“The first time I had a conversation with Mr. Ireta was when I was in 8th grade and just beginning to think about the next four years and college after that. From the very beginning, Mr. Ireta was a guide to me and I can positively say that throughout my high school experience at Newbury Park High School, Mr. Ireta was always there to guide me, whether that be about preliminary questions about college or when I got serious about college applications in my junior year. With his guidance and enthusiasm, the college admission process was made easy and surprisingly fun. I truly have to say that a major contributor to the fact that I was admitted to UC Berkeley, where I currently study, was Mr. Ireta.”
– Anastasia P., NPHS Class of 2016, UC Berkeley Class of 2020
“Ireta is a true inspiration, great leader, and role model. He has inspired me and many others to realize our fullest potential. He understands that being a leader is about building great relationships.”
Juan Pacheco, MHS Class of 2001, UCSB Class of 2005, B.S. in Sociology & Spanish,
Masters in Education- LMU, Elementary School Teacher
“While in high school, I knew I had the grades to attend college; unfortunately, I also knew I lacked the financial resources to do so. I was fortunate enough to meet Jose Ireta, who guided me through the college application process, wrote letters of recommendation, and helped me obtain the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship. Because of his hard work and dedication I have been able to pursue my educational dreams.”
– Araceli Espinoza, Moorpark High School Class of 2002; U.C. Berkeley, B.A. Class of 2006; University of Southern California, M.Ed. Class of 2008; University of Southern California, Ph.D. 2012
Mr. Ireta was always willing to entertain my crazy ideas and thought outside of the box to make things work for me. Because of him, I had the opportunity to do all that I wanted to do in high school. His willingness to go above and beyond really means the world to me. I couldn’t have asked for a better counselor. My academic advisor at USC has big shoes to fill!
– Adrianna R. NPHS Class of 2016, USC Class of 2020
The moment I met Mr. Ireta, I knew that he was kind and hardworking. At that time, I had no idea how much he would end up doing for me over the next few years of high school. He was honestly the most accessible counselor ever. I knew that I could walk into his office at any time and he would talk with me about whatever was on my mind, from our chats in Spanish to our discussions on Indian culture, I am glad that I also got to know Mr. Ireta as the fascinating and energetic man that he is. I owe a lot of my success in the college application process to his commitment and reliability as my mentor. I couldn’t have gotten everything done without him. Stanford University was a huge victory and Mr. Ireta deserves a lot of credit for his commitment.
– Sanjay S. NPHS Class of 2012, Stanford University Class of 2016