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310.450.8338, ext. 70229                                   26 JUN 2014



SMMUSD Welcomes new administrator!


At its June 25, 2014, meeting, the Board of Education approved the appointment of Mr. Hector Medrano and Mr. John Misustin as new House Principals as Santa Monica High School.  


Below is information on Mr. Medrano and Mr. Misustin:


Mr. Hector Medrano

Mr. Medrano comes to SMMUSD from Santa Ana Unified School District, where he has been serving as Assistant Principal at Carr Intermediate School for the past year.  He also served as Assistant Principal at Century High School and Activities Director at Mater Dei High School, both in the Santa Ana USD.  Prior to that, he served as Assistant Principal at View Park Charter School in LAUSD, Activities Director at Millikan High School in Long Beach Unified School District, and Activities Director and College Counselor at Rolling Hills Prep School in Palos Verdes.  Mr. Medrano has also taught social studies and coached boys’ soccer. 


Mr. Medrano’s twenty-six years of experience provides him with a deep understanding of the secondary school setting.  As Assistant Principal, he dedicated himself to all aspects of the school, including implementation of and staff training in Common Core State Standards, budget development, extra-curricular activities, technology integration, extra-curricular activities, community outreach, and WASC accreditation.  Mr. Medrano’s peers describe him as responsible, kind, honest, dedicated, enthusiastic, and one who leads by example.  Under his leadership, staff were inspired to improve upon their teaching using data-driven and researched-based strategies, and students benefited from his balance of strictness and fairness.  Mr. Medrano is bilingual in English and Spanish. 


Mr. John Misustin

Mr. Misustin comes to SMMUSD from the Antelope Valley Union High School District, where he has been serving as Assistant Principal of Desert Winds High School for the past two years.  He also served as the Vice Principal of Athletics, Special Education, and Alternative Placement at Antelope Valley High School; CASHEE Intervention and Instructional Support Coordinator and AVID Coordinator at Eastside High School; Healthful Living Teacher and Administrative Intern at William J. “Pete” Knight High School; and Gang Violence Suppression Coordinator; all with the Antelope Valley Union High School District.  He has also coached baseball and served on the school site council.  As Assistant Principal, Mr. Misustin oversaw many of the day-to-day operations of the school, including site-based academic programs and curriculum, the special education instructional program, master scheduling, athletic programs, evaluation of staff, and state- and federally-mandated testing. 


Ms. Misustin is well-versed in best practices for creating safe and supportive schools that encourage all students in the learning process.  He coordinated the AVID program to ensure not only compliance but also student success; implemented a targeted CAHSEE program to improve passage rates for at-risk students; created and implemented a master schedule to ensure special education program efficacy; participated on the district’s Healthful Living Curriculum Committee; and oversaw student mentoring programs.  In order to encourage positive student behavior, Mr. Misustin planned and hosted a Teen Summit for 2,000 high school students. 


“I would like to welcome Mr. Medrano and Mr. Misustin to SMMUSD for 2014-15,” commented Superintendent Sandra Lyon.





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