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Almost two years after Todd was born, the Lile Family moved to Madera to live closer to their relatives, Barry and Marcia Crow. The Crows were lifelong educators in Madera Unified serving in schools throughout the community. Todd's father David was a school teacher at Thomas Jefferson, Dixieland, John Adams, and LaVina before joining the administrative staff of Chowchilla City Schools in 1986. After more than 20 years of school leadership, Mr. Lile retired and continues to teach in alternative education in Dinuba Unified. Todd's mother, Cathy served first as a teacher in Madera Adult, Eastin Arcola, and John Adams before becoming a school psychologist and counselor. She retired from Furman High School and joined the staff at The American International School of Muscat (TAISM), Oman until again retiring home to the US in 2008. David and Cathy had three children - Kris (89), Todd (92), and Amy (97) - all of whom graduated from Madera High School.
While growing up, Todd attended John Adams and Howard Elementary School and matriculated to Thomas Jefferson Middle School. At Madera High School Todd was involved in football, basketball and student government all four years where he earned an American Legion appointment to Boys State and a Congressional Medal of Community Service. Upon graduation in 1992, Mr. Lile was admitted to California State University, Fresno where he graduated in 1996 with a BA in History. While attending Fresno State he served as a special education paraprofessional for more than four years in Madera Unified at Adams and Jefferson. Mr. Lile served as a teacher for 13 years before earning his MA in educational leadership from the College of New Jersey in 2010.
As an educator for 25 years, Mr. Lile has demonstrated a love of teaching and learning. His educational career began in Clovis Unified where he served for a combined six years between Clovis High, Clovis West, and the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) where he was a founding teacher. For four seasons he also served as an assistant women's basketball coach at Fresno City College. He and his wife Jessica Zapata-Lile, also of Madera (94), taught overseas in Escuela Americana Honduras for two years and then Dubai American Academy for five years as an International Baccalaureate history teacher. Mr. and Mrs. Lile traveled together widely in both the Old and New World and often with students. After the birth of their first of three sons (Luke, Ian, and Benjamin respectively), Mr. and Mrs. Lile returned to California where he eventually served as a vice principal and principal at Madera South High School. In 2015, Mr. Lile assumed the role of Chief Academic Officer for Secondary in Madera Unified and relocated the entire family to their hometown of Madera. During the spring of 2017, Mr. Lile was appointed as Interim Superintendent and formally made permanent in that role in July. He is able to speak conversational Spanish and reads as much as possible about a wide variety of subjects ranging between education, psychology, history and current events.