Ebony Nicholson and Dr. Jennifer Padilla were presented as Assistant Principals at Culver City High School to the Culver City Unified School District Board of Education at its June 9 meeting.
Ebony Nicholson has 15 years of experience as an educator and school leader. She has always had a passion and drive to educate children. Her true desire is to ensure that all children receive a high-quality education no matter their circumstance. She has taught a wide range of levels from elementary to high school. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with English Literature concentration from Cal State Dominguez Hills and a master’s degree. in Educational Leadership from Pepperdine University.
For the last seven years, Nicholson has served Los Angeles County’s most at-promise youth in the juvenile court schools. She has supported students in the classroom and during this time witnessed her students re-engage and take ownership of their education. She then implemented, trained and supported administrators, teachers, and classified staff in delivering quality instruction as well as supporting site teams with accountability systems in her role as Senior Program Specialist and later as Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction. In her most recent role, she served as Interim Principal for Kilpatrick High School.
She is a Los Angeles native and a self-proclaimed “foodie.” She enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially traveling with her husband Robbie and her three beautiful children: Jordan, Mali, and Mariah.
Dr. Jennifer Padilla began her career in education as a secondary Language Arts teacher, cheer/dance coach and advisor for yearbook and journalism. After experiencing the synergism and rewards of teacher collaboration as a teacher leader of Smaller Learning Communities, she decided to pursue administrative leadership to broaden her influence in helping all students and their teachers. With 20 years of diverse experience in secondary education, Dr. Padilla has led as high school Dean, Assistant Principal, and Principal in both middle and high schools.
She has significant experience designing and implementing systems of academic and social-emotional interventions and supports for students. She is passionate about collaborative work to establish focus, build capacity, and inspire learning. Dr. Padilla holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from California State University San Bernardino, a master’s degree in Education and Administration from Chapman University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy from Pepperdine University. She has also taught at the graduate university level. Dr. Padilla is very excited for the opportunity to serve the Culver City Community and the students of Culver City High School.
“We are proud to welcome these impressive educators to the CCUSD family,” said Superintendent Leslie Lockhart. “We look forward to the contributions they will make in teaching young minds and helping all of our students grow, achieve and excel.”