Changes Coming to Local Schools Staff

Updated on July 4. Change made in bold below.


There are several administrative changes coming to local schools. From the search for a new superintendent to a new principal and assistant principals, Crescenta Valley students will see some new faces.

The first, as has been reported, is the hunt for a new Glendale Unified School District superintendent of schools. Former superintendent Dr. Richard Sheehan has left GUSD for Covina-Valley Unified School District. There will be community meetings to discuss what parents and students would like to see in their new superintendent. Those meeting dates have not been scheduled as of press time.

Mountain Avenue Elementary students will find a new principal on the first day of school, Aug. 10. Jaclyn Scott will be moving from assistant principal at Rosemont Middle School to principal at Mountain Avenue. Former principal Rebeca Witt will move to the district as the assistant director of EEELP (Early Education and Extended Learning Programs).

Dr. Sebastian Puccio, who formerly served as coordinator administrative services at GUSD, will be one of the new assistant principals at Rosemont Middle School. Dr. Adriana Pestonji, former Valley View Elementary principal, will fill the second assistant principal seat at Rosemont. They are replacing Scott and Ron Sowers, who had been at Rosemont for 44 years.

A new Valley View principal has yet to be announced.

Clark Magnet High School will be welcoming an assistant principal who may be a new face to Clark but not to CV. Brian Landisi will join the Clark staff. Landisi had been an assistant principal at Glendale High School but is best known in CV as a Crescenta Valley High School teacher and mentor for the school’s yearbook staff. He was also the person who sent out emails to parents.

Verdugo Woodlands Elementary will also see a new assistant principal with Rosabel Park joining the Verdugo Woodlands staff from the district.

There will be some changes at CVHS with two new counselors. Kierstin Cabalka has left the district to take a job in Bakersfield. She had been the counselor for students with the last name beginning with ‘B,’ ‘M’ or ‘W’ through ‘Y.’ Lois Sheridan will take her place. Sheridan, according to CVHS Principal Linda Junge, is the mom of two CVHS graduates and knows the school well.

Counselor Lisa Kuleto has retired from the district. She was the counselor for students with the last name beginning with ‘A,’ ‘N’ through ‘R’ and ‘V.’ Mahtab Haghpanah will replace her.

The first day of school is Aug. 10.

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