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September 14, 2017 -- The School Board on Wednesday approved the appointment of a Santa Barbara educator to serve as assistant superintendent of educational services for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD).

Dr. Jacqueline Mora -- a 17 year veteran of education who has served as an elementary school principal for schools in Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Glendale -- will assume the post October 2.
Jacqueline Mora

Mora has been serving as the director of English learner and parent engagement programs at Santa Barbara Unified School District since July of last year.

“Dr. Mora will be a valuable addition to our district leadership team,” Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati said in a statement Wednesday.

“I had the opportunity to work with her in Santa Barbara and believe she will hit the ground running with regard to our priorities and district goals.”

Jacqueline Mora (Courtesy SMMUSD)

In her recent post in Santa Barbara, Mora helped develop curriculum, policies and procedures to improve teaching and learning and coordinated a district parent engagement program, District officials said.

She also developed and implemented goals and objectives and coordinated and conducted professional learning for teachers and support staff serving English learners.

In addition to serving as principal in three California school districts, Mora has served as assistant principal, categorical program advisor and teacher in LAUSD. She is bilingual in Spanish.

Mora has a Bachelor of Arts in Chicano Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in education with a concentration of teaching and learning from UCSB.

She also has a master’s degree in education with a concentration in administrative and policy studies from UCLA and a doctorate in education in K-12 leadership in urban education from USC.

Her dissertation in entitled: “Promising Practices that Superintendents Use to Influence Instruction and Increase the Achievement of Latino Students in Urban School Districts."

Mora replaces Dr. Terry Deloria, who is now the superintendent of Jefferson Union High School District in Daly City California.


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