The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has selected seven people to fill administrative vacancies in the district.

The 2004-05 school year began Thursday, July 1st.

MICHAEL MATTHEWS — Dr. Michael Matthews, who was the principal of Malibu High School for more than ten years, has accepted the position of district assistant superintendent/chief of staff.

“I view this opportunity as a means for me to accelerate my learning about how to best educate our students,” Matthews said. “I am confident that I can make a difference.”

He was a mentor teacher and school improvement coordinator in the San Lorenzo Unified School District.

He was also an assistant principal and principal in Stockton before coming to Malibu High School in 1992.

Matthews has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Stanford University and an education doctorate from Pepperdine University.

“Mike has all the skills, experience and qualities that assure he will be a great asset to the leadership team,” said district superintendent John Deasy.

MARK KELLY — Dr. Mark Kelly has been named principal of Malibu High School.

Kelly has been an assistant principal, co-principal and associate principal at Santa Monica High School since 1999.

Prior to joining the district, Kelly was a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

He has a master’s degree in educational administration and a doctorate in educational leadership from UCLA.

JANE GATES — Jane Gates is new principal of Olympic High School.

She formerly was with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) and most of her work experience has been in alternative education settings.

Olympic High School is a continuation school.

Gates was also a consultant-in-charge at the Southern California Comprehensive Assistance Center, where she provided training and support to 81 schools in California that are funded by the Reading Excellence Act.

At the County Office of Education, she was an assistant principal and principal in the Division of Alternative Education and coordinated staff development training in the Division of Juvenile Court and Community Schools.

Gates has a Master of Arts in education administration from California State University, Los Angeles and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California.

KATHY SCOTT — Kathy Scott is the new principal of Lincoln Middle School.

She was earlier a teacher and assistant principal at the middle school before leaving for a district position as the director of human resources.

Prior to coming to the district, Scott was a teacher in Texas. She was also a teacher and assistant principal at a high school in New Mexico.

“My first priority is to have outstanding leadership at our schools. Kathy Scott can provide the leadership necessary to keep Lincoln Middle School at the forefront of educational reform,” Deasy said.

Scott has a Master of Science in education administration from the College of Southwest in New Mexico.

JOHN DAVIS — John Davis is the new principal at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School.

Davis has been an assistant principal at Malibu High School for the past two years. He is also a teacher and holds National Board Certification.

As an assistant principal, some of his duties included discipline, curriculum, special education and technology.

The superintendent describes Davis as “an open, genuine and caring individual whose excellent skills led to open and productive communication with staff, parents and students.”

Davis has a master’s degree in education from Georgia State University.

ROBERT LEWIS — Robert Lewis is a house principal at Santa Monica High School. The high school is divided into six “mini high schools” with a “house” principal leading each one.

Lewis was an assistant principal at Paloma Valley High School in Menifee.

He has a Master of Arts in education from California State University Dominguez Hills and completed the Professional Administrative Services Credential Program at the University of La Verne.

TRISTAN KOMLOS — Tristan Komlos is also a new house principal at Santa Monica High School.

She has been a principal at Memorial Senior High School and an adjunct English professor at San Jacinto College, both in Texas.

Komlos has also been participating in a Redesigning High Schools symposium sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation.

Komlos has experience in supervising, supporting and evaluating teachers and staff, designing staff development, and partnering with parents and students.

She has a master’s degree in education from the University of Houston in Texas, where she also received her Principal Certification.