The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) has filled a number of administrative vacancies.

Tara Brown comes from the Lancaster School District to become principal of Franklin Elementary School.

In Lancaster, Brown served as a principal for the last five years and was also a middle school assistant principal.

She was also an at-risk teacher/administrative intern. She worked for Lancaster for 14 years.

“We are very fortunate to have Brown join the SMMUSD, as she is a seasoned and strong administrator who is committed to student success, achievement, and learning,” said interim superintendent Michael Matthews. “Her demonstrated leadership in remarkable improvement in state testing scores will be a valuable asset to our students and district.”

Tristen Macon has been selected for the math coordinator position in the Educational Services Department.

Macon has been a teacher at Will Rogers Learning Community for the last eight years.

As a National Board certified teacher, Macon has been known for her collaborative working relationships, communication skills, and results-oriented leadership, according to Matthews.

“Macon understands differentiated instruction strategies, shares her extensive knowledge with her peers and supports all student learning,” Matthews said. “She has extended and enriched her mathematical learning through professional development opportunities.”

Irma Lyons has been selected for the principalship of Will Rogers Learning Community.

Lyons began her career as a classroom teacher at Will Rogers in 1992 and was promoted to assistant principal in 2003.

As interim principal of Will Rogers for the 2005-2006 school year, “Lyons has demonstrated that she is an instructional leader, an effective communicator, and a committed educator,” Matthews said.

Lyons is a Carnegie Scholar, Mentor Teacher, and lifelong learner.

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