Executive Team


Dr. David Sciarretta, Executive Director


Dr. Sciarretta served as principal of AEACMS since the school’s founding before being promoted to Executive Director of AEA in October, 2013. With a B.A. in history and political science, a Master’s of Education in cross-cultural teaching, a California Administrative Services Credential and a doctorate in Educational Leadership, Dr. Sciarretta is committed to life-long learning for students, staff and the community. His doctoral dissertation explored California charter school principal communication techniques with a focus on leadership storytelling. A 1993 Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Dr. Sciarretta has lived and worked in Mexico and Central America and is fluent in Spanish. In addition to his leadership role at AEA, Dr. Sciarretta is active on non-profit boards as well as on a statewide level with charter school policy-making, political advocacy, and consulting. On a personal level Dr. Sciarretta enjoys spending time with his daughter, exercising, reading and international travel.


Andreas Trakas, Middle School Principal


The son of Greek immigrants, Mr. Trakas was born and raised in the San Diego neighborhood of North Park. His family owned and operated Greek restaurants, and growing up Mr. Trakas spent endless hours washing dishes and clearing tables. His parents instilled in him at a very young age the importance of valuing each and every customer and treating staff as if they were family. These values continue today in Mr. Trakas’ approach to educational leadership. With over 20 years of experience as a teacher and school site leader, Principal Trakas brings a steadfast belief that, “In education it all starts and ends with relationships.” Principal Trakas holds a B.A. from San Diego State University and an M.Ed. and Administrative Services Credential from Azusa Pacific University.