Dr. Baljinder Dhillon moved to this country from India in 1973 when she was 9 years old. She went through the Yuba City Unified School System. When Dr. Dhillon was a child, she and her parents worked in farm labor picking peaches, prunes, walnuts, and tomatoes, and they also worked at Harter's Cannery. She believes doing this type of work really helped her build a strong work ethic. Her parents were her biggest advocates for reaching higher education. The main reason her family moved from India was so that she and her four sisters could get the best education possible.
Her first professional job was at age 18 when she was hired to be a Migrant Education Aide at Tierra Buena School where she would eventually return to teach 5th grade.
Her professional experience includes serving at every level; Migrant Education Aide, Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Curriculum Director, Human Resource Director, District Superintendent and currently, Sutter County Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Dhillon led major efforts resulting in higher student achievement and significant improvement in teaching and increasing school status. While serving as an elementary school principal, her school was nominated for the Blue Ribbon Award for increasing test scores for all students in her school.
Her core belief is that everyone deserves the opportunity to get the best education possible because it opens doors to the future. She has been in the field of education for 28 years and, to this day, it still makes her happiest when she is able to make a significant difference in a student's life.
Dr. Dhillon serves on many local and national boards; she believes in giving her time through community service to help improve the lives of all students. Along with receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, she also received her Masters of Education degree in Educational Leadership and her Doctorate of Education from California State University Sacramento.
She has been married to her husband, Sukhdev Dhillon, for the last 29 years and they have two children; son, Josh, fourth year Medical School, and daughter, Sabina, who graduated with her Bachelors from San Diego State University.