Contact: Dr. Mike Matthews

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For Immediate Release

July 12, 2004



The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is pleased to announce that it has selected a number of exceptional individuals to fill administrative vacancies in the District.

Dr. Michael Matthews, principal of Malibu High School for eleven years, has accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent, Chief of Staff. Dr. Matthews, will be working closely with Superintendent John Deasy. Dr. Matthews stated, "I view this opportunity as a means for me to accelerate my learning about how to best educate our students. I am also looking forward to helping our district to work even better with the families, teachers and administrators in the district through improved communication. I am confident that I can make a difference."

Dr. Matthews was a mentor teacher and School Improvement Coordinator in the San Lorenzo Unified School District. He was Assistant Principal at Lodi High School and Principal, in Stockton, California before coming to Malibu High School in 1992. While at Malibu High, Mike nurtured what was a fledgling school to one that is now on its way toward national recognition. Dr. Matthews received a B.A. and M.A., Education at Stanford University and an Ed.D. at Pepperdine University. According to Dr. Deasy, Superintendent,

"Mike has all the skills, experience, and qualities that assure he will be a great asset to the leadership team. I am thrilled that he accepted the position and look forward to working with him."

The opening of the principalship at Malibu High allowed the district to offer the position to another of our current administrators, Dr. Mark Kelly. Dr. Kelly has been Assistant Principal, Co-Principal and Associate Principal at Santa Monica High School since 1999. Mark will bring to Malibu High, outstanding leadership abilities, communication skills, curricular expertise and experience that will allow for Malibu High to continue on its path of excellence.

Dr. Kelly earned his Masters in Educational Administration and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at UCLA. Prior to coming to the District, Mark taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Jane Gates comes to us from the Los Angeles County Office of Education to assume the principalship of Olympic High School. We are fortunate to obtain someone of Ms. Gates' caliber as she has extensive experience working in alternative educational settings. Most recently, as Consultant-In-Charge at the Southern California Comprehensive Assistance Center, she provided training and support to eighty-one of the Reading Excellence Act (REA) funded schools in the state. She was an assistant principal and then principal in the Division of Alternative Education and coordinated staff development training at the Division of Juvenile Court and Community Schools. Jane also has extensive experience in Special Education. Ms. Gates received her Master of Arts, Education Administration at California State University, Los Angeles and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at USC.

Kathy Scott was selected for the principalship of Lincoln Middle School. Kathy was Director of Human Resources for the past year. Previous to that, she was a teacher and then Assistant Principal at Lincoln Middle School. When the position became available, it was a natural to have Kathy return to Lincoln, receiving a warm welcome by students, staff and parents alike. Prior to coming to SMMUSD, Kathy was a teacher in Texas and both a teacher and Assistant High School Principal in New Mexico. She earned her Masters of Science in Education Administration at the College of Southwest in New Mexico.

Although she will be missed at the District level, the superintendent said, "My first priority is to have outstanding leadership at our schools. Kathy Scott can provide the leadership necessary to keep Lincoln Middle School at the forefront of educational reform."

With the retirement of Pat Cairns, principal at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, John Davis has accepted the position and will start on July 1. Mr. Davis has been assistant principal at Malibu High School for the past two years. As part of the leadership team at the high school, John's abilities were evident. John is a National Board Certified teacher. Among his duties while Assistant Principal were discipline, curriculum, special Education and technology. John is an open, genuine and caring individual whose excellent skills led to open and productive communication with staff, parents and students.

John earned his Master's Degree in Education at Georgia State University. He has been a teacher, Assistant Principal and achieved National Board Certification in 2000.

We have two new administrators filling two of the House Principal positions at Santa Monica High School, Craig Lewis and Tristan Komlos.

Craig Lewis earned his Masters of Arts, Education at California State University, Dominguez Hills and completed a Professional Administrative Services Credential Program at the University of La Verne. He was an Assistant Principal at Paloma Valley High school in Menifee, California and was responsible for counseling and guidance, curriculum and Master Schedule, testing, Special Education and certificated and classified recruitment and evaluation.

Tristan Komlos has been a principal at Memorial Senior High School in Texas, a teacher and an Adjunct English Professor at San Jacinto College. She has experience in supervising, supporting and evaluating teachers and staff members, partnering with parents and students, and designing staff development. Tristan has been participating in the symposium for Redesigning High Schools sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation. She earned her Masters of Education at the University of Houston and has her Principal Certification.

We are pleased to welcome all of our staff members to their new positions. The 2004-2005 school year promises to be outstanding.



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