Contact:    Dr. Michael Matthews

310-450-8338, ext. 220

For Immediate Release

May 8, 2006


The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Fills Administrative Vacancies


The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) is proud to announce the selection of a number of exceptional individuals to fill administrative vacancies within the District.


Tara Brown comes to us from the Lancaster School District to assume the principalship of Franklin Elementary School.   Ms. Brown not only served as Principal for the past five years, but she was also a middle school Assistant Principal and an At-Risk Teacher/Administrative Intern, totaling fourteen years with her previous district.  We are very fortunate to have Ms. Brown join the SMMUSD as she is a seasoned and strong administrator who is committed to student success, achievement, and learning.  Her demonstrated leadership in remarkable improvement in state testing scores will be a valuable asset to our students and District. 


Tristen Macon has been selected for the Math Coordinator position in the Educational Services Department.  Tristen has been a teacher at Will Rogers Learning Community for the last eight years.  As a National Board Certified Teacher, Tristen understands differentiated instruction strategies, shares her extensive knowledge with her peers and supports all student learning.  She has extended and enriched her mathematical learning through professional development opportunities.  Tristen has been recognized for her collaborative working relationships, clear communication skills, and results-oriented leadership.


Irma Lyons has been selected for the principalship of Will Rogers Learning Community.  Irma began as a classroom teacher at Will Rogers in 1992 and was promoted to Assistant Principal in 2003.  As Interim Principal for the 2005 - 2006 school year, Irma has demonstrated that she is an instructional leader, an effective communicator, and a committed educator.  Besides being a parent of students in our District, Irma is a Carnegie Scholar, Mentor Teacher and a life-long learner. 


We are pleased to welcome all of our staff members to their new positions.  We expect the 2006-2007 school year to hold many exciting learning opportunities for our staff and students.




Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

1651 16th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404


fax 310-581-1138