The Association of California School Administrators named Laguna Beach public school Superintendent Sherine Smith, who is planning to leave the district, as the county’s superintendent of the year.
The organization based in Burlingame represents 17,000 California educators and annually honors outstanding administrators who demonstrate exemplary performance in areas that promote the success of all students, says a district statement.
“On behalf of the board and all staff at the Laguna Beach Unified School District, we extend our warmest congratulations to Dr. Smith,” school board President William Landsiedel said in a statement.
Under Smith’s leadership, the district has strengthened English programs, transformed classroom learning environments, and established a technology initiative for students to collaborate online, says the statement. The district also attained recognition for the high school’s Advanced Chemical Research class, Thurston Middle School’s redesignation as a School to Watch and was singled out as a leading digital district.
“I share the credit for this honor with the dedicated, talented and progressive teachers, administrators and staff that comprise our district,” Smith said. “We all work hard every day to provide a gold standard of education for our students.”