Three-time Board of Education President Elisabeth Eilers will give up her seat tonight following a one-year term in office.
The board will be voting in a new president and new board clerk as part of Tuesday night’s 6:30 p.m. meeting at district headquarters.
South Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Geoff Yantz credits Eilers as being a “kind, passionate, and a caring individual” who did a “fantastic job” in 2017.
“Elisabeth has a very unique quality in her ability to listen and understand, and is able to connect really well, whether it’s with an individual she meeting with or a group,” said Yantz. “She also has a deep appreciation for people who are committed to education and a deep caring for kids who have struggles in life. And she likes to help them overcome those struggles. There’s a presence about her that is very calming.”
In addition to the past year, Eilers was school board president in 2010-2011 and 2014-2015. While she will step down from the top position, Eilers will remain on the board.
Eilers is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Pasadena. She specializes in family therapy and trauma recovery.
In line and the likely candidate to take over for Eilers is Board Clerk Jon Primuth, who has served the school district in various volunteer capacities over the years. Among his efforts include being president of the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, supporting the South Pasadena High School Music Boosters and PTA.
He has also held leadership roles with the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC), for the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, and other non-profit organizations.