New Interim Superintendent Appointed for CCUSD – Dr. Maria Martinez-Poulin

The CCUSD Board of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. Maria Martinez-Poulin has accepted the position of CCUSD’s next Interim Superintendent, and begins today, October 6, 2023. The CCUSD Board voted unanimously to appoint her in closed session yesterday. She is the first Latina superintendent in CCUSD’s history.

A champion of equity and inclusion, Dr. Maria Martinez-Poulin most recently served as the Deputy Superintendent of Schools of the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), the nation’s largest regional education agency, which supports and protects the education and well-being of 2 million children across 80 school districts.

“We believe Dr. Martinez-Poulin’s breadth of experience represents the skills, talent and sensitivity needed to see our organization through this leadership transition,” says CCUSD Board President Paula Amezola.

The vote was 4-0, as Mr. Ezidore had to leave early due to a family emergency.

Prior to LACOE, she served as a Southern Californian Superintendent and held key positions in Orange County as an Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, an elementary school principal and a high school assistant principal. She taught high school English and elementary school in Los Angeles County.

Dr. Martinez-Poulin earned her doctorate degree from the University of Southern California where she conducted research on mentoring and leadership. She has been recognized for her service and dedication with the 57th Assembly District 2021 Distinguished Women of the Year Award: “Honoring Resilience and Excellence” for her work during the pandemic to support students and staff. She serves on USC’s Dean’s Superintendents Advisory Group. She is the proud parent of three adult children and shares her home with two dogs.

Dr. Martinez-Poulin begins today in order to overlap with outgoing CCUSD Interim Superintendent Dr. Steven Keller, who will reach his state-mandated retirement limit on October 13.

CCUSD’s newly appointed Interim Superintendent Dr. Martinez-Poulin (left) kicks off her first day on the job by joining “The Dragon Wagon,” Lin Howe’s weekly walking school bus. She is joined by Principal Casey Chabola (3rd from left), and the Sea Dragon and Dragon Wagon’s dedicated parent volunteers, all decked out in Safe Routes to School safety gear.

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