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310.450.8338, ext. 70-229                                  15 JUL 2010



SMMUSD Welcomes new administrators!


At its July 14, 2010, meeting, the Board of Education approved the appointment of Debra Washington as the new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Steven Richardson as the new Principal of Will Rogers Learning Community, and Victoria Hurst as the new Special Education Coordinator for SMMUSD.


Below is information on Ms. Washington, Mr. Richardson, and Ms. Hurst:


Debra Washington

Ms. Washington comes to SMMUSD from the Sequoia Union High School District, where she has been serving as the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Teacher Induction for the past eleven years.  Prior to that, Ms. Washington served as Sequoia Union H.S. District’s Director of Instruction and Assessment and as the Director/Principal of Summer Session.  She has also taught math, English, and social studies.  As Assistant Superintendent for H.R., she initiated the in-house teacher induction program, bringing both veteran and new teachers together in collaborative groups. 


Ms. Washington is well-versed in board policy and the Education Code, labor group negotiations, employee orientation and training, teacher induction, budget development, and administrative training.  Having also been a teacher and Director of Instruction and Assessment, she is also passionate about the academic success of every student, especially those historically underrepresented in the success category.  She keeps instructional best practices in mind when hiring and training certificated and classified staff and their managers.


Steven Richardson

Mr. Richardson comes to SMMUSD from the Lawndale Elementary School District, where he has served as Director of Extended Day Programs (Realizing Amazing Potential – R.A.P.) for nearly two years.  Prior to that, he served as Assistant Principal of FDR/Carson Elementary School in Lawndale, as an educational consultant for Pasadena USD, Teachscape, and LAUSD, and as a literacy coordinator and elementary school teacher at Nevin Avenue Elementary School in LAUSD.  Collaboration comes naturally to Mr. Richardson, who, as the director of the before and after school programs, works directly with the middle and high school principals to align curriculum, builds partnerships with outside organizations, and works directly with school communities.  


Mr. Richardson is well-versed in implementing best practices to close the achievement gap, having served as an administrator of a Title I school that also housed a special needs program.  He oversaw Student Success Teams, School Leadership Teams, and Response to Intervention model implementation.  As a consultant, he lead professional development in regards to instructional technology.


Victoria Hurst

Ms. Hurst has served as the Assistant Principal at Roosevelt Elementary School for the past three years.  Prior to that, Ms. Hurst served as the family literacy specialist, a summer school intensive intervention teacher, and a second and third grade teacher, all at Roosevelt E.S.  She has also taught first and fifth grade in LAUSD.  As Assistant Principal, she led IEP meetings, managed student discipline, implemented a positive behavior program, and developed and monitored language arts and math intervention programs.


Having been immersed in special education since her teaching career began and received a Master’s Degree in that subject, Ms. Hurst is well-versed in special education law, best practices regarding special education instruction and programs, and the district’s Parent Resource Training program. 


“I would like to welcome all three to our management team and know that they will help take their respective departments/schools to the next level,” commented Superintendent Tim Cuneo.


These appointments fill vacancies that existed in these departments or at these sites.





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