John Battey

John Battey

John Battey earned his B.S. in Business Administration in 1970 and he received his Secondary Teaching Credential in 1971, both from CSULB. In 1985 he earned his M.A. in Education, and Administrative Credential from the University of San Francisco. He taught in the Torrance Unified School District from 1971-1972 and in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District from 1972-2008. He taught at TeWinkle Middle School for 12 years and taught at a Costa Mesa High School for 24 years. For the last 14 years he was the Director of Activities at Costa Mesa High School. John received the Golden Touch Award from the County of Orange Board of Supervisors in 1997, the California League of High Schools Region 9B Educator of the Year in 1998 and the American Red Cross Most Inspirational Advisor 2001-2002.

John is a current member of the CSULB Orange County Regional Council and is involved with the President’s Scholars Program at CSULB. He is also devoted to mentoring and supporting first generation college students. John Battey has served on the College of Education Dean’s Development Committee since 2012.

The College of Education (CED) expresses gratitude to all scholarship donors who continue to enhance the quality of education students experience at CSULB.


As a first generation college graduate who had a fulfilling and successful career as a middle school teacher, high school teacher, and administrator, John Battey understands that education is a powerful way to get ahead in life and believes that we are here to help one another and give back to the community. With that in mind, he established this scholarship to support a first generation student in an initial credential program, with financial need, who intends to become an elementary or secondary school teacher.

John Battey Future Teacher Scholarship