Contact: Dr. Joseph Quarles

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For Immediate Release

June 7, 2002

Board Appoints New Director of Standards, Assessment and Data and

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

At its meeting of June 6, 2002, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education appointed a Director of Standards, Assessment and Data and a Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

Effective July 1, 2002, Dr. Steven Frankel will become the Director of Standards, Assessment and Data. Dr. Frankel earned his Masters and Doctorate Degrees at Indiana University. He taught at elementary and secondary levels as well as graduate school teaching at UCLA and The George Washington University. Dr. Frankel served as Director of Educational Accountability for the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland and is currently working with the District of Columbia Public Schools on a reorganization study of their accountability, assessment, standards setting, research and evaluations, and data reporting functions. Dr. Frankel believes he can play a leading role in developing an appropriate standards and assessment system as part of Santa Monica-Malibu schools which he considers, "a community that demands excellence and is willing to commit to achieving it."

Christina Rivera comes aboard as the new Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. Rivera earned her Masters Degree at California State University, Los Angeles with an Administrative Credential. In addition to teaching English Language courses for eleven years, she brings a wide variety of administrative experience to SMMUSD. Ms. Rivera held the positions of Director of Compensatory Education Programs, Assistant Principal of Instruction and Assistant Principal of Curriculum at Saddleback and Pioneer High Schools in California, and as principal of Santa Fe High School in the Whittier Union High School District. Complimentary to Superintendent Deasy's objective of increasing leadership capacity, Ms. Rivera states that, "Building the instructional capacity of schools, and small groups within schools, has been an integral part of every leadership position I have held. Building the culture to consistently increase student achievement has always been my ultimate goal."

The School District is fortunate to have attracted these two outstanding administrators to lead in the education of our students.



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