Special Announcement! Tustin Unified Announces Several Administrative Appointments
- June 10, 2020
- Posted by: Cuselleration
- Category: News
The Tustin Unified School District has announced several administrative appointments, which will begin July 1, for the 2020-21 school year.
Brooke Carreras, principal of Peters Canyon Elementary School, has been appointed principal of Tustin Memorial Academy. She will take over for Sharon Maeda, who has decided to serve in a teaching capacity in TUSD next school year.
Carreras has worked in education for 25 years – the past six years as principal of Peters Canyon School. Under her leadership, Peters Canyon was named a 2016 California Gold Ribbon School by the California Department of Education.
Prior to joining TUSD, she was an elementary principal in the Anaheim City School District. She has also served as an elementary school assistant principal, curriculum specialist in English language arts and math, Title I resource teacher, elementary classroom teacher and Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) trainer.
Carreras has a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Chapman University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from California State University, Fullerton.
Among her accomplishments, Carreras received the Orange County Department of Education’s 2014 Pathways to the Future Award for leadership and service for English Learners.
“I am deeply grateful for my six years at Peters Canyon School and will dearly miss the staff, students, parents and community,” Carreras said. “The new principal, Dr. Andre, will bring the perfect skill set and positive energy to lead Peters Canyon. I’m excited to join the Tustin Memorial Academy team, and look forward to learning and growing together.”
Dr. Kristy Andre, assistant principal at Hicks Canyon Elementary School, has been promoted to principal of Peters Canyon Elementary School. She is taking over for Brooke Carreras, who will become principal of Tustin Memorial Academy.
Andre has worked in education for 16 years – all in Tustin Unified. She has been a classroom teacher, an English language teacher on special assignment, Digital Learning Coach, Tustin Connect lead middle school teacher, Connect Coach and multi-tiered systems of support teacher on special assignment. She also served as interim principal of Arroyo Elementary School.
Andre has a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and a master’s degree in education from Concordia University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Southern California.
Among her honors, Andre is a Google certified trainer and Apple teacher, and was named one of the Top 25 Teachers in Orange County by Parenting OC Magazine. She is a member of the Computer-Using Educators (CUE) organization and International Society for Technology in Education, has presented at various STEM/STEAM conferences, and serves as an adjunct professor at Concordia University.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Hicks Canyon team,” Andre said. “I look forward to getting to know the Peters Canyon community and to continue all the incredible work the staff has done under Brooke Carreras.”
Kris Posavec, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) and Project-Based Learning (PBL) Academy, has been appointed Coordinator of Educational Services. Cindy Agopian, Director of Educational Services, is retiring at the end of the school year and her position is being replaced by the coordinator position, which will provide a cost savings to the District while still offering leadership and instructional initiatives.
Posavec has worked in education for 13 years – all in the Tustin school district. As a TOSA, she has supported Social Emotional Learning, the Challenge Success Program and science for grades 9-12; served as interim coordinator of the Induction Program; and helped write the curriculum for Tustin Public Schools Foundation’s Summer STEAM Academy.
Prior to her current position, Posavec served as a TUSD Instructional Coach, a teacher at Tustin High School where she taught biology, biomedicalsciences, and engineering and product design, and was coordinator of the Femineer Program. As a teacher at C.E Utt Middle School, she taught sixth-grade Core (language arts and social studies), seventh- and eighth-grade science, STEM (design and modeling, robotics, flight and space, and science of technology) and video production. She also taught eighth-grade Core at Pioneer Middle School.
While at Utt School, Posavec was named the Tustin Unified School District’s 2012 Middle School Teacher of the Year and represented the District in the Orange County Teachers of the Program.
Posavec has a bachelor’s degree in child and adolescent development, and a master’s degree in educational technology from California State University, Fullerton.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to continue supporting the amazing work of teachers and administrators throughout Tustin Unified,” Posavec said.
Bianca Guillen is joining Tustin Unified as a Special Education Coordinator. She is taking over for Stephanie Barnes, who is pursuing other opportunities.
Guillen has worked in special education for about eight years in the Santa Ana Unified School District. Most recently, she served as a school psychologist at John Muir Fundamental Elementary School in Santa Ana. She has also helped Tustin Unified by serving on the Ladera Elementary School Preschool Summer Assessment Team.
“Bianca has considerable knowledge and vast experiences in special education, and is a collaborative and supportive leader,” TUSD Assistant Superintendent of Special Education Dr. Amy Lambert said. “She will make a strong addition to the District’s Special Education team.”
Guillen has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an educational specialist degree in school psychology from California State University, Long Beach.
Additionally, Guillen has served as a presenter of inclusive collaborative practices and programs at local and state conferences.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to share my passion in education and deeply honored to be joining the Tustin Unified community,” Guillen said. “I believe in supporting the teachers and staff, and I want every student to achieve their personal best.”
“These administrators are outstanding educators and leaders who will do an excellent job in their new assignments,” TUSD Superintendent Dr. Gregory Franklin said. “They are committed to ensuring all students learn at high levels and will work collaboratively with the staff, students and families to continue moving the District forward.”
For more information, call the TUSD Communications Office at (714) 730-7339.