Principal Leaves School District | South Pasadena Middle School

A changing of the guard at the SPUSD middle school as of May 1

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | News | South Pasadena Middle School Principal David Kubela delivering the speech “Be the Change" at the 2019 SPMS Promotion Ceremony

In a letter written to families by Superintendent Geoff Yantz, on Friday, April 10, it was announced that SPMS Principal David Kubela would be leaving his position on April 30 for a his new role as principal at Acton-Agua Dulce Middle School by May 1.

Mr. Kubela, who has worked in the district for over a decade – 12 years to be exact – in a statement to SPUSD families says, “I have been honored to work with so many wonderful students, parents and staff members. While I will take many memories from my years at South Pasadena Middle School, I am excited about the new experiences ahead for me and my family and I am confident that SPMS is well prepared to continue to prosper.”

According to Yantz’s letter, Assistant Principal Mr. Carlos Kassam-Clay will take the reins at SPMS as Interim Principal for the remainder of the school year.

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Though no candidates are currently in line, most likely due to the abrupt nature of the administrative change, the superintendent states that he is already planning on meeting with representatives to help find the next middle school principal.

Below is the letter sent from Geoff Yantz to the community on Friday:

Dear South Pasadena Community,

Earlier today, Mr. Kubela sent a letter notifying middle school families that he has accepted a new administrative position beginning May 1, 2020.

For many years, Mr. Kubela led South Pasadena Middle School through structural and educational changes. We recognize and commend his caring approach that helped advance the education of South Pasadena students and prepare our middle schoolers for their high school journeys. It’s obvious that Mr. Kubela cares deeply about all students, and he worked each day to strengthen South Pasadena Middle School. Join me in saying thank you and wishing him well in his next position.

Assistant Principal Mr. Carlos Kassam-Clay will serve as the Interim Principal through the conclusion of the school year. I plan to meet with representatives from the school community who will provide input on qualifications and characteristics for the next South Pasadena Middle School principal.


Geoff Yantz, Ed.D.