INSIDE OUR SCHOOLS
The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) has a new administrative leader as schools prepare for the start of the new school year (August 12, 2021).
By News Desk
Dr. Jovan Jacobs joins PUSD as Executive Director of Special Education with 21 years of experience and expertise in successfully leading and developing programs and services for students with disabilities, both as a teacher and as an administrator.
As Executive Director of Special Education in PUSD, Jacobs will be responsible for coordinating the efforts of all relevant agencies, organizations, and key stakeholders to provide services needed by PUSD students, working to eliminate disparities in achievement and ensure college and career readiness for students with special needs.
Superintendent Brian McDonald said:
Dr. Jacob’s leadership and expertise in the area of special education, along with her focus on inclusion and equity will positively impact all of our students, programs, and staff. I am pleased to welcome Dr. Jacobs to PUSD.
Dr. Jacobs previously served as the Executive Director of Special Education/Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) for Stockton Unified District. Prior to SUSD, she served as the first SELPA Director for Compton Unified in 2012. Dr. Jacob’s first administrative position was the Director of Special Education and Support Services with the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools.
Dr. Jacobs obtained a B.A. in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego, an M.A. in Special Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and an M.A. in Administration with an emphasis in Urban Leadership from California State University, Sacramento. In 2012, she received her doctorate for K-12 Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California.
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