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Administrators Earn Doctorate of Education

Graduates of SDSU-LBUSD Doctorate Program

Seventeen administrators from the Long Beach Unified School District have graduated from a new doctoral program offered at San Diego State University (SDSU) in partnership with LBUSD. The program is designed to advance the work of schools.

In May, each graduate traveled to San Diego to receive their Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership with a specialization in PreK-12. They represent the first LBUSD cohort to graduate from the program. 

The SDSU and LBUSD doctoral program is designed to prepare leaders who are committed to educational justice by providing them with the skills, knowledge and attitudes essential to transforming education systems to ensure all students are learning at high levels. 

The coursework focuses on developing reflective leaders and change agents that are capable of responding to demographic shifts and the increasingly complex needs of educational organizations within diverse multicultural regions.

Congratulations to the following 2024 graduates!

  • Stacie Alexander, vice principal, Wilson High School
  • Danyett Armstrong-Lee, principal, Lindsey Academy
  • Torrie Baker, assistant principal, Franklin Middle School
  • Sunday Dominguez, principal, Emerson Academy
  • Angelica Gonzalez, director, Office of Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Development (OCIPD)
  • Katie Hickox, program administrator, Human Resource Services
  • Brooke Hogan-Primous, principal, Cubberley TK-8 School
  • Veronica Madrigal, director, Research and School Development
  • Michael Navia, principal, Renaissance High School for the Arts
  • Brenda Ocampo, principal, Chavez Elementary School
  • Osvaldo Ocampo, principal, King Elementary School
  • Donna Robertson, principal, Mann Elementary School
  • Renee Shipman, assistant director, OCIPD
  • Sashya Tullo, assistant principal, Lakewood High School
  • Nader Twal, program administrator, Deputy Superintendent's Office
  • Alejandro Vega, principal, Millikan High School
  • Carrie Wiley, program administrator, OCIPD

“Their commitment to advancing their own education through this rigorous program while balancing their jobs and families is truly inspiring,” said Superintendent Dr. Jill A. Baker. “We are incredibly proud of their achievements and look forward to the positive impact they will continue to have on our schools and community.”

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