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SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT superintendent sandra lyon receives prestigious award


Region 14 of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), has named Sandra Lyon Superintendent of the Year due to her outstanding leadership.


ACSA Region 14 is one of 19 regions which divide the state geographically, and serves fourteen school districts within Los Angeles County including: ABC Unified, Bellflower Unified, Beverly Hills Unified, Centinela Valley Union High, Compton Unified, Culver City Unified, Downey Unified, El Segundo Unified, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach City, Inglewood Unified, Lawndale, Lennox, Long Beach Unified, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Lynwood Unified, Manhattan Beach Unified, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified, Paramount Unified, Redondo Beach Unified, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, Torrance Unified, Wiseburn, and all community college districts and universities servicing these areas.


I am so excited and thrilled for her, stated Board Member Laurie Lieberman upon hearing the news. Sandy Lyon has the character, the leadership skills and the level of accomplishment to make her eminently worthy of this award.  She is an exceptional team-builder, communicator, and collaborative problem-solver who works tirelessly to address issues ranging from building systemic approaches to improve 21st century instruction and supporting professional development for teachers and staff to centralized fundraising and concerns about health issues in the workplace. We are so fortunate to have a Superintendent who views her work as an occupassion.  Im so pleased for Sandy and thrilled that her peers in ACSA would recognize her in this way.


ACSA Region 14 President, Katherine Castlebury will now forward Superintendent Lyon as Region 14s nominee for State Superintendent of the Year.


The Association of California School Administrators was established in 1971. ACSA is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the nation, serving more than 14,500 school leaders. The mission of the Association of California School Administrators, the driving force of education in California and beyond, is to ensure the creation of communities of learning and teaching that serve both the aspirations of individual students and the greater good of society, through this unique and indispensable coalition distinguished by: 

         bold and authoritative advocacy; 

         dedication to the highest personal and professional ethics; 

         inspirational networks of discovery and sharing of knowledge; 

         mutual commitment to excellence; and 

         universal accessibility to learning. 






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