CCUSD Superintendent Leslie Lockhart has announced the appointment of Tatiana Takahashi as Culver City Middle School’s new assistant principal. In her new role, Takahashi will support Principal Elsy Villafranca in organizing and administrating a comprehensive sixth- through eighth-grade middle school program, including leadership, direction, supervision and evaluation of personnel within the school. Her additional duties include responsibilities in curriculum and instruction; assisting in planning, organizing and presenting extensive staff development; and facilitating benchmark assessments. She will also oversee school discipline, campus supervision and extra-curricular activities. Takahashi replaces Michael Bosler, who left the position at the beginning of the school year.
Takahashi has been with CCMS since 2009. Fluent in Japanese, she was part of the team that implemented the Japanese Immersion Program (JIP) at CCMS, a continuation of El Marino’s JIP program. Currently serving as chair of this program, Takahashi teaches seven levels of Japanese language classes. She also ran the Kakehashi Project, a collaboration with the Japan Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that connects Japanese and American educators and students.
CCMS will begin the search for a new certificated Japanese language teacher immediately to fill her position.
“As a veteran CCMS educator and a leader of many of our enrichment and extracurricular programs, Ms. Takahashi can hit the ground running as our new assistant principal,” said Villafranca. “She brings so much talent and passion to our administrative team. We are thrilled that she’s taking on this elevated leadership role.”
Takahashi’s many additional roles and accomplishments at CCMS include associated student body co-advisor, elective department chair, school site council teacher representative, school leadership team member, beginning teacher support & asessment support provider, and California Junior Scholarship Federation co-chair. She will continue her involvement with the Associated Student Body leadership program and supporting the other programs on campus as an assistant principal.
“I am so excited to start this new position at the school I’ve been teaching at for the past 10 years,” said Takahashi. “The invaluable experiences that I have gained as a middle school teacher here makes me proud to be part of the CCMS family. I am most excited about being able to support the students, the staff, and the middle school community in a new capacity – the same community that gave me my start as a teacher. I plan on working diligently to uphold the values of the middle school and support all of the amazing programs and ways that allow students to truly connect to our school.”
Takahashi earned her master’s degree in Education from University of California, Los Angeles, a master’s degree in Literacy and Language Arts Education from Loyola Marymount University, and two bachelor’s degrees in English and Asian Literature and Cultures: Japanese from University of California, Riverside.
In her spare time away from campus, Takahashi enjoys yoga, any water sport, traveling to Japan to visit family, especially her niece and nephew.