Calistoga School District Announces New Superintendent | News

Calistoga Joint Unified School District has announced Audra Pittman as its next superintendent.

Pittman, who holds a doctorate in education, is expected to be confirmed at the next school board meeting on April 11 and begin her duties on July 1.

Erin Smith-Hagberg, the current superintendent, announced in February that she would retire at the end of June, after serving for nearly five years.

In a letter to parents dated March 31, the school board said Pittman was selected from more than 30 applicants.

Pittman began his education career as a high school math teacher and curriculum coach in the Long Beach Unified School District, and has over 20 years of school leadership experience in diverse communities. Californians. Most recently, she served nine years as superintendent of the Bayshore Elementary School District in San Mateo County. At San Mateo, she also served as the Director of Administrative Services and Beginning Teacher Support, and Coordinator of Educational Services at the County Office of Education.

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Pittman also served as principal of La Cañada High School and held vice-principal positions at Pioneer High School and Wilson High School in Long Beach.

In San Mateo, she oversaw the construction of a new facility, consolidating two outdated school campuses into one state-of-the-art facility that provided Bayshore students with access to innovative experiences and the opportunity to realize their highest potential, according to the letter. She also has significant experience in obtaining and using bonds for school construction projects, and served as project manager for her most recent school construction project.

“We are sorry to lose Superintendent Pittman in San Mateo County, but we are thrilled that she now ably serves the students and families of the Calistoga Unified School District,” said Nancy Magee, Superintendent of Schools for the county. of San Mateo. “Superintendent Pittman is a student-centered, equity-focused education leader who is uniquely focused on achieving quality student outcomes. She is collaborative and innovative and a strong advocate for her community. Congratulations to Calistoga for welcoming a dynamic leader to the community.”

Pittman received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and secondary education from the University of Evansville in Indiana, his master’s degree in educational leadership from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and his doctorate in urban education from Claremont Graduate University. She currently lives in Fairfield with her dog, Zeus, but is looking forward to moving to Calistoga.

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