Shortly after former Lincoln Middle School principal Tristan Komlos was transferred to John Muir Elementary School following the arrest of Lincoln teacher Thomas Beltran for allegedly molesting several of his students, the school has found a new principal.

Suzanne Webb was appointed the new principal of Lincoln Middle School by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board at a special board meeting Wednesday, August 13th.

She started in her new position Thursday, August 14th, although classes do not start until the day after Labor Day — Tuesday, September 2nd.

“I am very excited about my position as the new principal of Lincoln Middle School,” said Webb. “It is very exciting to bring my administrative experiences back to a school where I spent the best years of my teaching career. I look forward to working with the students, teachers, staff, parents and the community to making this a positive and smooth transition.”

She previously taught pre-algebra and algebra to eighth grade students at Lincoln Middle School for six years. She also assisted in grant writing for National Blue Ribbon School and Disney School Awards.

Webb is returning to Lincoln Middle School after serving as assistant principal at Malibu High School for the past four years, where she oversaw student discipline, classroom curriculum and instruction, and professional development for the teaching staff, among other things.

Webb was voted the 2002 Teacher of the Year by her colleagues.

She has also served at the district office level as the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) provider and program facilitator for middle school math teachers.

This allowed her to apply her knowledge as a math teacher to support new math teachers, assist in reaching at-risk students, to raise achievement and collaborate with all district middle school math teachers to create a common semester math assessment for grades six and seven, as well as algebra, district officials said.

“Ms. Webb’s experience as an administrator and her understanding of the needs of middle school students will be an asset to Lincoln,” said interim superintendent Tim Cuneo. “I am pleased that she will be joining our management team.”

Webb was selected as principal of Lincoln Middle School from a pool of 46 applicants, district officials said. Seven of those applicants were interviewed by a team of parents, teachers, classified staff and administrators. Cuneo and members of the senior leadership team then interviewed four finalists.

“I am thrilled that we have selected Suzanne,” assistant superintendent Mike Matthews said. “Her focus on academics, her sense of caring for students and her commitment for learning and excellence will benefit all in the Lincoln community.”

Webb received her teaching credential and master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies at California State University, Northridge. She earned her administrative credentials from California State University, Northridge and Loyola Marymount University.

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