A new principal, Carmina Nacorda, has been selected for Fairfax High School, replacing former principal Ed Zubiate, who retired on Feb. 29.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) selected Nacorda as a permanent replacement for Zubiate last week, and she met for the first time Tuesday with faculty at the school. Nacorda was most recently the assistant principal at Eagle Rock High School, and previously served as assistant principal at three middle schools in the San Fernando Valley. She described herself as a career educator who came to the LAUSD in 1995, and has also worked as a school counselor for the district. Nacorda learned last week that she had been selected as the new principal, and said it was a big surprise.
“Honestly, I cried tears of joy. I feel really honored to have this opportunity to lead a school of this caliber,” Nacorda said.
Nacorda said the focus will be on academics when school starts on Aug. 14. The school administration will be working to implement federal core learning standards, a master plan for English learners and new training programs for teachers. Nacorda added that during the next week she will be meeting with teachers, determining what positions need to be filled and preparing for student registration and orientation. She added that she wants to continue building partnerships with the community, and build on improvements that were made under Zubiate.
“I am very excited,” Nacorda added. “Fairfax is definitely a coveted high school. It has a great reputation, great students, a very strong staff and, obviously, its sports. I want to continue improving on what’s working here.”
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