Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Brian McDonald announced Monday, April 11 the selection of two district administrators to join the central office academic team.
By News Desk
Shannon Malone, Ed.D., currently Principal of Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy (renamed Octavia E. Butler Magnet), has been named Principal, TK-12 Principals. Robert Hernandez, currently Principal of Pasadena High School, has been promoted to Director of Planning, Innovation, Accountability and Special Projects. They will report to Elizabeth Blanco, Ed.D., Director of Studies.
The school district will immediately launch a search for new principals for Washington STEAM (Octavia E. Butler Magnet) and Pasadena High School.
In her new position as Principal, TK-12 Principals, Dr. Shannon Malone will oversee the district’s K-12 principals, reinforce instructional practices, and ensure a culture of high expectations that provides every student with equitable access. to high quality and culturally relevant instructional programs. Dr. Malone is already a member of the district’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee and will continue to support the work of the district.
Fluent in Spanish, Malone has served as director of the Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy since 2016. Under her leadership, the school was recently renamed in honor of Octavia E. Butler, science fiction writer and former PUSD student. . During Dr. Malone’s tenure, Washington STEAM received a second magnet school grant and became a Dual Language Immersion Magnet (DLIP) focused on college and career readiness, language acquisition academic and social-emotional learning. Washington became the first STEM-certified school in California (and the fifth in the nation) by the National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) in 2018.
It has been an honor for me to serve as Director of Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy, where we have come together as a team to serve our students and the community. I am thrilled to have this new and exciting opportunity to serve the PUSD community. I look forward to working with district leaders to support our site leaders.
Dr. Malone holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Southern California, a Master of Science in Cross-Cultural Education from National University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from the Loyola Marymount University.
As Director of Planning, Innovation, Accountability and Special Projects, Robert Hernandez will lead the Department of Special Projects, State and Federal Programs and provide overall leadership and vision in the development and achievement of short and long term goals for local district control. Accountability Plan (LCAP) and other Accountability Plans. Working with the Director of Studies, Hernandez will prepare all budgets and overall financial management for all restricted/categorical funding. It will support school sites in developing their Single Student Success Plan (SPSA) to ensure alignment with LCAP goals and metrics.
Fluent in Spanish, Mr. Hernandez led the development of the Building Assets Reducing Risk (BARR) program to help ninth-graders fare better in high school. Amid the pandemic, Mr. Hernandez guided the PHS community through a successful Western Association of School Accreditation (WASC) self-study report.
I am honored to continue to serve the Pasadena Unified School District as Director of Planning, Innovation, Accountability and Special Projects,” said Mr. “I look forward to contributing to the realization of 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 holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in educational management from Houston-Clear Lake University. He is a candidate for an Ed.D. in Leadership and Educational Policy from Pepperdine University.
Superintendent Brian McDonald, Ed.D., said:
I am pleased to promote Dr. Malone and Mr. Hernandez to these critical district-level positions. As the next generation of PUSD leaders, they bring continuity, experience, and in-depth knowledge of the strengths and potential of our students, employees, and community.
In what we hope will be the wake of the pandemic, the Pasadena Unified School District has an incredible opportunity to accelerate our momentum in creating strong academic programs and ensuring that every student has equitable access to a high-quality education. and culturally relevant.