Santa Monica Lookout
Santa Monica-Malibu School District Hires New Administrators
By Lookout Staff
September 4, 2013 – The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board tapped talent both inside and outside the system when it hired two new directors to head Curriculum and Instruction last week.
Dr. Ellen Edeburn and Ms. Irene Gonzalez-Castillo will assist the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services as the district moves forward with teaching initiatives and the use of technology in the classroom.
Dr. Edeburn, who served as principal of Castaic Middle School for the past five years, was named Middle Grades Principal of the Year in 2012-13 by the Association of California School Administrators after she oversaw a gain of 28 points in the API.
As principal, Dr. Edeburn initiated the A.V.I.D. program and Theater Arts program and planned and organized direct transition programs to “improve student articulate from elementary to secondary sites,” district officials said in a statement Tuesday.
Under her leadership, the middle school was twice named a Nationally Recognized School to Watch for the “culture of community collaboration (she) established and encouraged,” officials said.
She also “has been responsible for development and transition to Common Core standards, including instructional delivery systems, strategies, and 21st Century skills.”
Before assuming the principal’s post, Dr. Edeburn served as the Assistant Principal at Hillside Middle School in the Simi Valley Unified School District and as the District Interim Assistant Principal at Canyon High School in the William S. Hart Union High School District. She has taught grades Pre-K-6 and 9-12.
She was named Elementary Grades Principal of the Year in 2009-10 by the Association of California School Administrators and was recognized by the California Department of Education for “successfully launching a Professional Learning Community culture,” officials said.
As principal, she led the school’s efforts in establishing a culture of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), Response to Intervention (RTI), and transitioning to the California Common Core State Standards.
“As a result of her efforts, McKinley Elementary School’s API climbed 28 points, and it received the California Title I Academic Achievement Award three times and was named a California Distinguished School,” officials said.
“Ms. Gonzalez-Castillo is well-versed in best practices to help close the achievement and equity gap,” officials said.
Prior to serving as principal, she was Assistant Principal at Roosevelt Elementary School and Program Facilitator and Support Provider for beginning teachers in the Educational Services Department.
She has taught grades Pre-K-1 and special education with SMMUSD as well as child development at Santa Monica College.
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