First and foremost, I would like to express what an honor and a privilege it is to have been appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve as the Superintendent of the Whittier Union High School District. Former Superintendent Sandy Thorstenson left a lasting legacy of a District that believes “Demographics Do Not Determine Destiny” – and we are dedicated to continuing that pledge.
Whittier Union has been my home for the last 11 years and the students, teachers, staff and community of this District have become my second family. Whittier Union is truly a unique and special place where adults come together every day to serve the needs of our students and community. The commitment to our students is evident this summer as I witness our teachers working side by side, across campuses, to improve the curriculum and instruction we provide.
Our Board of Trustees is also an integral part of the fabric of Whittier Union as they set the vision for our teachers, staff and administrators and push us in our continuous improvement efforts. These five gentlemen unselfishly serve our community through their foresight and dedication to always consider what is best for our students.
We are in a time of transition as we welcome veteran Whittier Union educators into new roles. Beyond being excited to be your new Superintendent, I am thrilled to be working alongside our new Deputy Superintendent, Loring Davies, and our two new Assistant Superintendents, Kevin Jamero and Monica Oviedo in Personnel and Business Services, respectively. All four of our cabinet members have served as principals in the Whittier Union High School District, and together, we represent almost 50 years of principal leadership. This experience and knowledge of Whittier Union is invaluable to helping us to stay the course that we have been on for the past 15 years.
We also welcome new principals at Pioneer, Santa Fe and Whittier High Schools although none of them are strangers to their campuses. Lillia Bozigian, Craig Campbell and Tim Liggett, have each served as assistant principals on their campuses prior to being appointed principals. Through a rigorous selection process that produced 88 applicants, these three rose above the rest and already have the confidence of their school communities. Again, it will serve our schools greatly that we are staying the course with leaders who know their schools well.
As we approach a new school year, we are all eager and excited to guide what’s next for Whittier Union. Although it is a summer of transition, it is also a time of renewed energy as new leaders take on the task of doing “Whatever It Takes” to ensure that our students are fully prepared for the world that awaits them upon their graduation. We look forward to serving our community in the year to come and into the future as we take on the next chapter of Whittier Union’s success.
Martin J. Plourde
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