Rick Vaccaro is a member of the Fairfield City Council who was appointed in 2008 following the death of his friend, Councilmember Matt Garcia. Rick was a long-time teacher and Principal at Armijo High School who spent his career serving in a variety of educational roles. He and his wife of more than 30 years, Sue, raised two children together and are now grandparents.
Rick was born New York and is one of three sons. After high school, Rick began working for Federal Express in New York. Rick's two brothers had moved to California, and when he was 23 years old, Rick transferred to the San Francisco station of Federal Express and joined his brothers here in California.
While raising his young family, he worked full-time and attended school at night to obtain his Bachelor's Degree from Sacramento State University and his Master's Degree in Education from Chapman University. Rick also has a Teaching Credential and an Administrative Credential.
After completing his education, Rick began teaching at-risk students in independent group studies for the Vacaville Unified School District. He obtained a job as a court school teacher for the Solano County Office of Education. Rick later went on to become a teacher at Fairfield High School, then an Assistant Principal at Armijo High School. Rick then became Principal of H. Glenn Richardson Elementary School until he returned to Armijo High School as Principal, where he served for four years. Until recently, Rick worked for the Solano County Office of Education as Principal of the Juvenile Court and Community Schools and Director of Alternative Education.
Some of Rick’s other leadership roles include service as the Chair of the Solano County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission. He also served on the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District's Discipline Committee, where he trained school administrators on how to deal with at-risk students. He also created and implemented a program for coaching, supporting, and mentoring struggling school administrators.