New PUSD Principals

Press Release from PUSD:



PasadenaCA– The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) welcomes two new school principals in the 2011-2012 academic year and is conducting a search for a new principal of Marshall Fundamental Secondary School.Marcheta Williams, Ed.D., has been named principal of Norma Coombs Alternative School, which serves approximately 375 students.  Dr. Williams joins PUSD from the Alameda Unified School District, where she was an elementary school principal and the district’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) coordinator.  Previously, she was a music educator in the Oakland Unified School District, where she also served as principal and assistant principal.  Dr. Williams began her career as an elementary music teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District.”Dr. Williams brings leadership and a strong instructional background to Norma Coombs,” said interim PUSD Superintendent John Pappalardo. “Her experience will be beneficial to the students and families of Norma Coombs.”

Dr. Williams has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, a Master’s of Education from the University of Southern California (USC), and a Doctorate of Education from the University of California, Berkeley.

Earlier this spring, Sierra Madre School assistant principal Garrett Newsom was promoted to planning principal of Sierra Madre School’s middle school campus, and will lead the development of curriculum and support services. The campus is under construction and is scheduled to open in fall of 2013. The search for a principal of the elementary school is currently underway after the retirement of long-time principal Gayle Bluemel in June.

PUSD is conducting a search for the new principal of Marshall Fundamental Secondary School following the departure this summer of Keith Derrick, who accepted a position as principal of San Marino High School.

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