Ventura Unified School District making news

The District is pleased to announce that Karin Just and Mike Wise will be serving in new roles as Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Principals for the 2019-2010 school year. Mr. Wise will take over as the Principal of Loma Vista Elementary School and Mrs. Just will assume stewardship of Citrus Glen Elementary.

After a rigorous interview process, Mrs. Just and Mr. Wise both stood out, demonstrating strong leadership skills and success in the field of education. We are fortunate to have exceptional staff within VUSD who are ready to progress into the role of Principal,” stated Dr. Jeff Davis, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

Mrs. Just has 18 years of experiences as a professional bilingual educator, including 15 years as a classroom teacher. She has also assisted the VUSD elementary school sites as a Language Arts and Multi-tiered Systems of Support Teacher on Special Assignment for VUSD.

Mr. Wise is completing his twelfth year in the field, and his seventh year as a school site administrator. Mr. Wise currently serves as an Assistant Principal at Buena High School and previously served as an Assistant Principal at Monte Vista Middle School in Camarillo.

Both professional educators bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise with them. We are excited for them to start this new chapter in their careers and build upon the excellent work that Mrs. McMullen and Dr. Martinez have provided to both schools,” stated Superintendent Dr. Roger Rice

The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board of Education has voted to restructure current positions and vacancies providing for new job descriptions that will focus on three priority areas.  At the May 14, Board of Education meeting, it was announced that Rebecca Chandler will serve in the new role of Chief Innovation Officer; Cheryl Burns will assume the role of Assistant Director of Student Support Services and Hector Guerrero will serve as Director of Educational Options. 

Rebecca Chandler will focus her attention on promoting new and compelling career education programs and pathways; fostering innovation across the District and programs, and raising funds through grant-writing and business partnerships. 

Cheryl Burns is currently serving as principal of El Camino High School will now focus her attention on the social and emotional learning initiatives presently taking place in the schools.

Hector Guerrero, the new Director of Educational Options, currently serves as Principal of DATA Middle School in VUSD and will now serve as site leader at El Camino High School.

Ms. Marissa Cervantes will serve as the new Principal of DeAnza (DATA) Middle School. 

Ms. Cervantes has 15 years of experience in the field of education. 

Ms. Cervantes, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, holds a B.A. in Sociology, an M.S. in School Counseling, and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from California State University, Northridge, as well as, an Administrative Services Credential from California State University, Channel Islands. She also received the Association of California School Administrators Region XIII Co-Secondary Administrator Award in 2015.

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