(The following is from a press release)
The Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education and its leadership team are pleased to announce that Mrs. Christina Desiderio has been selected as the next principal of Arthur E. Wright Middle School coinciding with the start of the 2015-2016 school year. As principal, Desiderio will provide instructional leadership, oversee and evaluate curriculum, and engage with administration and district stakeholders to ensure continued student success.
Desiderio is a widely respected educator, known for her expertise in Gifted and Talented Education. She has served as an administrator in Las Virgenes since 2006, most recently as principal of Yerba Buena Elementary School. During this time, she has successfully fostered education that blends arts and technology into a rigorous 21st-century curriculum. Under Desiderio’s leadership, Yerba Buena has emerged as a model school. They have been recognized as a Five Star GATE School by the California Association for the Gifted and received the California Distinguished Schools Award.
Prior to joining Las Virgenes, Desiderio played an instrumental role in the opening of Ivy Academia Charter School, serving as assistant principal and later as principal. Her responsibilities included the hiring of all staff, supervising the Curriculum Committee and creating the K-8th grade schedules across two campuses. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in 1987 with the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Desiderio graduated on the Dean’s List from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Kindergarten Education. She received her Masters Degree in Instructional Leadership and Curriculum Development and her Administrative Credential from National University.
Las Virgenes Unified School District’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Daniel Stepenosky said, “Christina has earned her reputation as an intuitive and creative leader within our District. We are excited for her to bring her contemporary vision and strong student-centered philosophy to the staff, administrative team and families of A. E. Wright Middle School.”
Las Virgenes Unified School District serves approximately 11,100 students from Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills and the Los Angeles County portion of Westlake Village. The District encompasses sixteen schools, spanning preschool through high school. LVUSD offers award-winning music, athletics and a multitude of distinctive programs that serve the diverse needs of its student body. The District and its individual schools have received numerous accolades including, most notably, College Board’s AP Honor Roll, California Gold Ribbon Schools Award, California Distinguished Schools Award, National Blue Ribbon Schools Award, U.S. News Best High Schools Award, California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll, and named High Performance District in American Institute for Research.