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LBUSD Appoints First Latina Assistant Superintendent of School Support Services

Claudia Sosa-Valderama

The Long Beach Unified School District is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Claudia Sosa-Valderrama as the new Assistant Superintendent of School Support Services. This appointment makes her the first Latina to hold this position within the district. The announcement was made by LBUSD Superintendent Dr. Jill A. Baker during the regular Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, April 17.

Dr. Sosa-Valderrama steps into this role following the departure of Dr. Erin Simon, who, after a successful tenure of 10 years at LBUSD, will take up a new promotional challenge as Associate Superintendent for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. LBUSD congratulates Dr. Simon on her new role and extends a heartfelt appreciation for her service and the lasting impact she leaves behind.

Bringing over two decades of experience in educational leadership, Dr. Sosa-Valderrama has a proven track record of dedication and excellence in serving our school community. She has been a vital part of the LBUSD team since 2014, most recently serving as the Director of the Student Support Services department.

Superintendent Dr. Jill A. Baker expressed her enthusiasm for the appointment, stating, “Dr. Sosa-Valderrama’s appointment reflects our district’s commitment to leadership that mirrors the rich diversity of our community. Her extensive experience and passionate dedication to enhancing student support services will undoubtedly propel us towards new heights of educational excellence and equity.”

Dr. Sosa-Valderrama is set to assume her new responsibilities as Assistant Superintendent of School Support Services effective April 18, ushering in a promising new era for the Long Beach Unified School District.

“I am deeply honored to accept the role of Assistant Superintendent of School Support Services within the Long Beach Unified School District. My professional approach is characterized by collaboration, dedication and a steadfast commitment to developing systems that prioritize quality, efficiency and, above all, the needs of our students. I eagerly look forward to leading this work to bring resources and assistance to our most vulnerable students, ensuring they have the support they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.” 

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