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      Shannon Malone and Robert Hernandez (Photos – PUSD)

      PASADENA – ColoradoBoulevard.net:

      Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent, Brian McDonald, announced on Monday, April 11, the selection of two district administrators who will join the central office Academics team.

      By News Desk

      Shannon Malone, Ed.D., currently principal of Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy (renamed Octavia E. Butler Magnet), has been named Senior Director, TK-12 Principals. Robert Hernandez, currently principal of Pasadena High School, has been promoted to Director, Planning, Innovation, Accountability, and Special Projects. They will report to Elizabeth Blanco, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer.

      The School District will immediately launch a search for new principals for Washington STEAM (Octavia E. Butler Magnet) and Pasadena High School.

      Shannon Malone

      In her new position as Senior Director, TK-12 Principals, Dr. Shannon Malone will supervise the District’s K-12 principals, strengthen instructional practices, and ensure a culture of high expectation that provides every student with equitable access to high-quality and culturally relevant instruction. Dr. Malone is already a member of the district’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee and will continue to support the district’s work.

      A fluent Spanish speaker, Malone has served as principal of Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy since 2016. Under her leadership, the school was recently renamed in honor of Octavia E. Butler, a science fiction writer and PUSD alumna. During Dr. Malone’s tenure, Washington STEAM received a second magnet school grant and became a Dual Language Immersion (DLIP) Magnet with a focus on college and career readiness, academic language acquisition, and social-emotional learning. Washington became the first STEM Certified school in California (and fifth in the nation) by the National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) in 2018.

      Malone said:

      It has been my honor to serve as Principal of Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy, where we came together as a team to serve our students and the community. I am thrilled to be given this new and exciting opportunity to serve the community of PUSD. I am looking forward to working with district leadership in the effort to support our site leaders.

      Dr. Malone has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Southern California, a Master of Science in Cross-Cultural Teaching from National University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University.

      Robert Hernandez

      As Director of Planning, Innovation, Accountability, and Special Projects, Robert Hernandez will lead the Special Projects, State and Federal Programs Department and provide overall leadership and vision in the development and achievement of short- and long-term goals for the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and other accountability plans. In collaboration with the Chief Academic Officer, Hernandez will prepare all budgets and overall fiscal management for all restricted/categorical funding. He will support school sites in the development of their Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) to ensure alignment with LCAP goals and metrics.

      A fluent Spanish speaker, Mr. Hernandez led development of the Building Assets Reducing Risk (BARR) program to help ninth-graders better transition into high school. In the midst of the pandemic, Mr. Hernandez guided the PHS community through a successful Western Association of School Accreditation (WASC) Self-Study Report.

      Hernandez said:

      I am honored to continue to serve the Pasadena Unified School District in the role of Director of Planning, Innovation, Accountability, and Special Projects,” said Mr. . “I look forward to helping to fulfill the district’s mission, vision, and values by working with our various educational partners to ensure that every student receives equitable resources and support that will contribute to academic success.

      Mr. Hernandez has a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A & M University, a Master’s in Educational Management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He is a candidate for an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy at Pepperdine University.

      Superintendent Brian McDonald, Ed.D., said:

      I am pleased to promote Dr. Malone and Mr. Hernandez to these critical positions at the District level. As the next generation of PUSD leaders, they bring continuity, experience, and deep knowledge of the strengths and potential of our students, employees, and community.

      In what we hope is the wake of the pandemic, the Pasadena Unified School District has an incredible opportunity to accelerate our momentum in building strong academic programs and ensuring that every student has equitable access to high quality and culturally relevant instruction.

      Dr. Malone and Mr. Hernandez will continue as principals of their respective schools until the end of the school year. Their new appointments are effective July 1, 2022.



      Source: PUSD

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      1. Cheryl Peralta says:

        Congratulations Shannon
        I always knew you were a
        special person and a great
        teacher. Cheryl

      2. PUSD parent says:

        Yep, this is how PUSD spends its pandemic $$$$ . no direct services to students:( more administrative staff

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