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Newport-Mesa Announces Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education and a Director of Special Education

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Kerrie Torres as the assistant superintendent of secondary education and Ms. Juliana Sauvao as director of special education. KERRIE TORRES, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT, SECONDARY EDUCATION Kerrie Torres has more than 20 years of experience in education, most recently serving as assistant superintendent of education services for Brea Olinda Unified School District. Prior to this role, she served in the Orange Unified School District as executive director of secondary education as well as a principal. She also has experience as a secondary school assistant principal and teacher. As assistant superintendent of education services, Torres was responsible for the administration, coordination, and supervision of P-12 educational programs and services. This role included curriculum adoption, development of career and technical education pathways, dual enrollment, College Board assessments, implementation of Multi-tiered Systems of Support, as well as the development of the District’s Local Control and Accountability Plan. “Ms.Torres is an experienced district administrator and former site principal whose skill sets and collaborative style will be invaluable to leading a highly effective secondary instructional program,” said Superintendent Russell Lee-Sung. Torres has led efforts to improve and implement curriculum and instructional programs, including English Language Development framework shifts, expanding access to advanced placement, increasing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) opportunities, dual immersion and language programs, arts and technology integration, and school climate and social-emotional supports. She also steered the design and management of the district’s distance learning and hybrid plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Known as a collaborative leader, Torres approaches complex tasks and initiatives with thoughtful and systematic solutions to support learning models for students. She is known as a problem solver who provides purposeful and strategic support and training to school administrators and staff to foster streamlined processes in supporting student needs. Torres received her Bachelor of Arts in biological science from California State University, Los Angeles and her Master of Educational Leadership from the University of La Verne. JULIANA SAUVAO, DIRECTOR, SPECIAL EDUCATION Juliana Sauvao has more than 15 years of experience in education and joins us from Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD), where she most recently served as executive director of special education. Prior to that role, she served as a director of special education, district program administrator, and curriculum program specialist. As executive director of special education for SAUSD, Suavao specialized in alternate dispute resolution, mediation, due process hearing, special education compliance, served as the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) liaison, and developed a district-wide cohesive approach to the special education records request and complaint process. Sauvao has well-rounded experience in education code regulations and federal law, including disability rights law upholding the best outcomes for students. She has a great understanding of special education programs, has led mental health initiatives to support all students, and has designed and implemented professional development. Sauvao is recognized for her excellent collaboration with colleagues and communication with students and parents. Her ability to actively listen puts her colleagues and staff at ease as valued contributing members of a team. “We are excited to welcome Ms. Sauvao to our special education team,” said Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services, Dr. Sara Jocham. “The knowledge and dedication she brings to our District make her a clear leader in the field of Special Education,” she said. Sauvao received her Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from California State University, Fullerton; Master of Arts in Education and California Multiple Subject Credential from the University of Phoenix, Long Beach; California Education Specialist Credential from the University of California, Los Angeles; and her California Administrative Services Credential from National University.
Source: CDM High School New

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