The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education has approved the appointment of educator Dr. Ruth Pérez as deputy superintendent of instruction.
LAUSD superintendent John E. Deasy said Pérez brings a wealth of career experience, from her start as a bilingual teacher in Florida, through her recent tenure heading the Norwalk-La Mirada School District.
“Dr. Pérez’s track record of success with students who are growing up in poverty, and youth who, like her, didn’t speak English when they started school, equips her to lead instruction for LAUSD,” Deasy said. “Focused on high academic achievement for all students, she excels with diverse enrollments.”
Originally from Puerto Rico, Pérez moved to New York at the age of 2. After completing undergraduate education in New York, she began her career in Kissimme, Florida teaching English Literature and English as a second language to high school students.
After moving into administration, she became an area superintendent in the Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Florida.
While there, the percentage of students meeting high standards on the state assessment test rose substantially in reading and mathematics.
Pérez also previously served as the chief academic officer for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg public schools in North Carolina, where she implemented initiatives such as intensive reading programs for students in kindergarten through the 3rd grade, extensive training for teachers instructing English learners, and professional development strategies to teach children from low income families. She also expanded after-school programs to middle school students and reduced suspensions.
While Pérez was superintendent of the Norwalk-La Mirada School District, she did not allow budget cuts to stall student achievement. During her five-year tenure, the overall graduation rate in the district increased from 76.5 percent to 94 percent. Performance on state standardized tests also increased, as did the Academic Performance Index score, which increased by 54 points.
“Congratulations Dr. Ruth Pérez and welcome to the LAUSD,” board member Mónica García said. “We welcome [her] expertise and leadership to support our vision for 100 percent graduation, to strengthen the effective pieces of our program and radically change what does not work.”
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