It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you and your children to a new school year. I am very proud to serve as your superintendent. I have lived in the East Whittier City School District’s attendance area for over 30 years. My two daughters both received a great education from our schools, where they attended K-8th grade. My career in education started when I volunteered in their classrooms one day a week. I was working full time in the banking industry, but I soon realized that teaching children was one of the most important and rewarding jobs there is. I went back to college to obtain my teaching credential and was hired by our district as a teacher in 1986.
I am beginning my second year as superintendent; and over the past 29 years have also served our district as a substitute teacher, teacher, learning specialist, assistant principal, principal, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services, and Co-superintendent. My four grandchildren attend school in our district and my youngest daughter and her husband also teach in our schools. I am committed to the success of all of our children and of our district..
In the spirit of building toward the future, our district has undertaken some very important work. Our teachers are focused on student achievement and the new, rigorous California State Standards. We are moving forward with the implementation of our board approved Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). There are many programs and services that will be implemented to support and serve our students as the result of our plan. The plan was developed with input from parents, teachers, staff, and community members.
The LCAP is a requirement under a new state law called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Under the LCFF all school districts receive a base grant and additional supplemental funds to support English language learners, socioeconomically disadvantaged students and students in foster care. Our LCAP gives us the flexibility to meet the specific needs of our students and will be our guide as we allocate our funds each year. Our LCAP is a three-year plan that will be assessed and revised annually based on student data and input from parents, teachers, staff, and community members.
Our current LCAP includes implementing class size reduction in grades K-3 over four years. We have reduced class size to 24 students in each kindergarten and first grade classroom, and we plan to reduce class size in second grade next year. We restored counselors, intervention specialists, and custodians, as well as refreshing our technology for students and staff. To support our elementary schools and enrich our student’s experiences in the areas of music, art, and physical education we have added a traveling team of specialized teachers and assistants. We also have teacher leaders serving as math, science, and technology coaches to help all teachers maximize learning experiences for our students.
As your superintendent, I am fully invested in our district and our commitment to ensure continued success for all of our students. I am grateful for the support from each of you – students, staff members, parents, and the community. I wish everyone a very successful 2015-16 school year.