South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) has named Kim Sinclair as the new principal for Arroyo Vista Elementary School (AV).
“We are so happy to announce that Kim Sinclair will be the new principal at Arroyo Vista,” said Superintendent Geoff Yantz. “Mrs. Sinclair’s proven experience as a principal, curriculum coordinator, and teacher within South Pasadena Unified will build upon Arroyo Vista’s outstanding educational environment while fostering critical relationships between students, parents, teachers, and the community.”
For the past four years, Sinclair worked as the SPUSD coordinator of curriculum and assessment, a position that honed her expertise in the areas of research-based instructional strategies, assessments, and teacher professional development. Prior to this position, she served as principal of Marengo Elementary School for seven years. During her time at Marengo, Sinclair built a professional learning community where students, staff and parents worked collaboratively to provide an exemplary learning program for all students. She supported teachers as they implemented strategies such as thinking maps, cognitively guided instruction, project based learning, and differentiated instruction, leading Marengo to earn “Very High” ratings in all academic performance indicators on the California Dashboard.
Before becoming principal at Marengo, Sinclair worked as the SPUSD coordinator of testing and categorical programs and as a Marengo kindergarten, first, and third grade teacher. She also taught elementary school at Coronado Unified, Los Angeles Unified, Clark County Unified in Las Vegas, and overseas in Italy.
“I am honored and thrilled to join the families and staff at Arroyo Vista during a time when ideas about working together in unique ways that best support students, academically as well as socially and emotionally, will be critical,” said Principal Sinclair. “My experience collaboratively bringing new initiatives into play while supporting students, teachers, and families with respect will help build a strong team for the future.”
Sinclair earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from California State University and a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University. She holds an administrative services credential and two teaching credentials.
Sinclair will take over leadership responsibilities at Arroyo Vista on July 1, 2020. Her position at the District level as coordinator of curriculum and assessment will not be replaced due to budget reductions.