(The following is from a press release)
The Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education and its leadership team proudly announce the appointment of Jacqueline O’Sullivan to the position of director of elementary education, beginning July 1, 2015. O’Sullivan is currently serving as the principal at Bay Laurel Elementary School. In her new role as director of elementary education, O’Sullivan will support Pre-K through 5th grade education programs, provide supervision to elementary school principals, oversee curriculum development and coordinate the selection and implementation of instructional materials to more effectively align with Common Core State Standards. In addition, she will oversee special programs and areas such as LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan), Outdoor Education, English Language Development Program, Gifted and Talented Education Program, the Las Virgenes Academy and Independent Study, TOSAs (Teachers on Special Assignment) and 4/5 Science Teams. Ms. O’Sullivan will also serve as an active member of the District’s Management Team and the Superintendent’s Cabinet.
As principal of Bay Laurel Elementary School, O’Sullivan has made a significant and positive impact on the school’s academic and social programs. In addition to administering many day-to-day functions, she has facilitated a smooth transition to the state standards and successfully implemented the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. She has participated on numerous committees, including Curriculum Council, CAASPP Team, Next Generation Science and co-chaired the LVUSD English Language (EL) Committee, Writers’ Workshop and the Fifth Grade Level Committee.
Prior to her tenure as Bay Laurel’s Principal, O’Sullivan served as principal of Washington Elementary in the Redondo Beach Unified School District. As principal, she worked as the chief instructional leader facilitating the implementation of Common Core curriculum, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and was responsible for launching a Spanish Dual Immersion Program. O’Sullivan has managed site budgets, professional development workshops, student enrichment programs, academic intervention and discipline programs, and technology acquisition/implementation. She has also developed unique programs that foster increased school/parent/community connections.
In addition to her role as principal, O’Sullivan is a highly respected adjunct professor at Concordia University where she teaches courses in Educational Leadership, Curriculum Design and Instruction, and Schools as Diverse Learning Communities. She has been an active contributor to various professional educational committees and is the recipient of numerous awards. She was honored as Redondo Beach Unified School District’s Administrator of the Year, Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Principal of the Year, and Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) State Principal of the Year.
O’Sullivan began her career as an elementary school teacher, working in the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Lawndale Unified School District. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education/psychology from the State University of New York at Potsdam and earned her Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Loyola Marymount University, where she graduated with honors.
Las Virgenes Unified School District’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Daniel Stepenosky, congratulated O’Sullivan and said, “In the short time Jacqueline has been with our district, she has proven herself as an innovative and inspiring educational leader. Ms. O’Sullivan’s ten years of principal experience, collaborative management style, extensive experience in Common Core curriculum, expertise in facilitating research-based instructional programs, and her outstanding communication skills make her the perfect candidate to lead our elementary school team!”
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 a multitude of distinctive programs, serving 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 Distinguished Schools, High Performance District in American Institute for Research, award-winning music and athletic programs, and many more.