By Jill Baker, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
I am deeply honored that our Board of Education chose me to serve as superintendent of the Long Beach Unified School District. I have come to know and love LBUSD after working here for 28 years, first as a teacher, then as a school principal and central office administrator. I can also appreciate our district from a parent perspective, having had my own son graduate from our schools in 2018.
Our school district is a storied place of learning, excellence and resilience. Much like our nation, LBUSD also is a big idea. We firmly believe in the innate talents and abilities of all, and we strive to help our students reach their fullest potential despite any barriers they may face.
If we truly wish to live up to our ideals, then America has work to do, as evidenced by recent unrest and discord on the national scene. Here in our schools, we also have much work to do, whether in the classroom or in the virtual learning settings that have become our new reality.
Long Beach schools remain among the best in the nation, but we intend to build upon our hard-fought gains in student achievement, especially for students who, for a variety of reasons, may need extra support. Ensuring equity and closing achievement gaps requires honest dialogue about the challenges our students and their families face, whether related to poverty, race, language, disability or other factors. We are committed to listening and acting in the best interests of our students.
The year 2020 has brought many extraordinary changes to our daily lives, including changes to the way we teach and learn. One thing has not changed, and that’s our steadfast commitment to our students and their families.
As the school year progresses, we’ll provide more ways to stay connected and updated. I encourage you to visit our website frequently, and you can follow us on these social media channels: Twitter @LBSchools; Instagram @LongBeachUSD; Facebook @LongBeachUnifiedSchoolDistrict; and YouTube at lbschools.net/youtube. I also invite you to follow my personal Twitter account @jbaker000.
I look forward to building upon our proud tradition of educational excellence. With the help of everyone in our school communities, the best is yet to come.