NEW PRINCIPAL | South Pasadena Middle School

PRESS RELEASE FROM SPUSD: South Pasadena Unified School District welcomes Cheryl Busick as principal of South Pasadena Middle School

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | News | Cheryl Busick, Principal at Arroyo Vista Elementary will be taking over as the new principal at SPMS


South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) has named Cheryl Busick as the new principal for South Pasadena Middle School.

“We are thrilled to announce that Cheryl Busick will take the lead at South Pasadena Middle School,” said Superintendent Geoff Yantz. “Mrs. Busick’s proven leadership skills within the District and her track record of developing a positive learning experience for students, a supportive teaching environment for faculty and staff, and an engaged parent community will serve our middle school well.”

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For the past nine years, Busick served as principal of Arroyo Vista Elementary School. With her leadership, the school earned a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School award, two California Distinguished School honors (2017, 2014), and a California Gold Ribbon School honor (2015). Busick passionately advocates for continuous improvements in student learning by spearheading programs that help students achieve their personal best while also encouraging community involvement. She effortlessly brings together teachers and staff encouraging them to develop academic initiatives that assist at-risk learners and challenge those students who perform above grade level.

Before becoming principal at Arroyo Vista Elementary School, Busick served as principal of Longden Elementary School in Temple City, assistant principal of Mark Keppel, Fremont, and Glenoaks Elementary Schools in Glendale, and a categorical specialist at Wilson Middle School in Glendale. She began her teaching career at Mountain Avenue Elementary School in Glendale.

Busick has earned multiple, higher-level degrees including a master’s degree in education from Point Loma and a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University, along with an administrative services credential from Chapman University and a multiple subjects credential from Long Beach State University.

Busick will take over leadership responsibilities at South Pasadena Middle School on July 1, 2020. SPUSD will begin the process of selecting a principal for Arroyo Vista immediately.