New Madison Elementary School Principal Named
June 30, 2010
Pasadena, CA – Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Edwin Diaz today announced that he has named Carmen Lilia Serrano as principal of Madison Elementary School, which serves 500 students. Ms. Serrano was introduced at the Board of Education meeting, and was joined by her extended family, including siblings, nieces, nephews, her mother and grandmother. As the first in her family to graduate from college, Ms. Serrano’s personal experience fuels her passion for education.
“Ms. Serrano’s leadership and experience will be very effective at Madison Elementary School, and we are all very excited that she is joining PUSD,” said Superintendent Diaz. “She will be a valuable addition to the PUSD leadership team, and the Madison community.”
Ms. Serrano joins PUSD from the Visalia Unified School District, where she served as assistant principal at two schools for the past five years. As assistant principal, she reviewed and evaluated curriculum, developed parent leaders within the English Language Advisory Committee, School Site Council and PTA, managed personnel, and coordinated discipline, safety, and truancy prevention.
“This is an exciting moment for my family and I because we have all worked hard to reach this goal,” said Ms. Serrano. “I would like to thank the Madison Elementary School staff and parent selection committee and will work really hard to make them and my family proud. I look forward to working with the Madison community to improve student achievement, and to empower our youth to knock down walls and achieve their full academic and social potential.”
Ms. Serrano began her career as an elementary school teacher in Oxnard, California, before becoming teacher-in-charge of the Hueneme Migrant Education Program’s Saturday school. She spent two years as vice principal of Bellevue Elementary in Atwater, California where she supervised an after school grant, established preventive programs for at-risk youth and served as summer school principal.
Ms. Serrano holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California and a Master’s in Education Administration from California State University at Northridge (CSUN). She earned a Clear Administrative Credential (Tier II) from Fresno Pacific University, and a Bilingual Crosscultural Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) multiple subject credential from California Lutheran University. Ms. Serrano is State treasurer of the Association of Mexican American Educators, and attends the Principal Academy of the Association of California School Administrators.
Madison Elementary School is among several PUSD schools that will welcome new principals in September. Announcements about new principals at Cleveland Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Blair IB School and Pasadena High School will be made later this summer.