The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education has approved the appointment of Dr. Ellen Edeburn and Irene Gonzalez-Castillo as the new directors of curriculum and instruction.
The board voted Aug. 28 to approve the appointments for Gonzalez-Castillo, who will focus on teaching and learning as it relates to grades pre-kindergarten through fifth, and Edeburn, who will focus on grades 6-12.
“I would like to welcome Dr. Edeburn to SMMUSD and congratulate Ms. Gonzalez-Castillo on her new position for 2013-14,” district Superintendent Sandra Lyon said.
Both directors will assist the assistant superintendent of educational services as the district moves forward with Common Core Standards, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), Equity and Access, and technology in the classroom.
Edeburn comes to the district from the Castaic Union School District, where she has served as the principal of Castaic Middle School for the past five years.
She previously served as the assistant principal at Hillside Middle School in the Simi Valley Unified School District and as the district interim assistant principal at Canyon High School in the William S. Hart Union High School District.
Gonzalez-Castillo has served as principal at McKinley Elementary School in Santa Monica for the past eight years. Prior to that, she served as assistant principal at Roosevelt Elementary School and program facilitator and support provider for beginning teachers in the Educational Services Department.

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