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January 22, 2024
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education approved the appointment of Ashley Benjamin as the new director of curriculum and instruction at its Oct. 19, 2023 regular board meeting.
Benjamin has been the principal of McKinley Elementary in SMMUSD since 2017. During her tenure she led the school to impressive academic gains as well as accomplishments such as the 2022 California Department of Education Pivotal Practice Award for excellence during distance learning and becoming the district’s first AVID Elementary School.
Benjamin has been an educator for 19 years. She began her career in Los Angeles USD, teaching at elementary and middle schools. She then moved into administration, serving as an intervention coordinator and then a categorical programs advisor supporting English learner and other instructional programs.
Benjamin has also been a part-time adjunct professor at Cal State Northridge, supervising and coaching student teachers, and this past spring teaching a master’s course on English language arts and English language development for diverse learners. Benjamin was also the ACSA Region 14 director-at-large, and is currently the Westside charter vice president of curriculum and instruction.
As an undergraduate at USC she received double degrees, a bachelor’s degree in gender studies and a bachelor’s degree in education. At Cal State Long Beach, she earned a master’s degree in social and multicultural foundations of education. She then returned to USC for her doctorate in K-12 leadership.
Oscar Macias is returning to Burbank Unified School District as Director of Secondary Education, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, after previously serving in BUSD for 22 years. Most recently, Macias had served in the Glendale Unified School District as Director of Equity, Access, and Family Engagement.
Between 2015 and 2022, Macias served as Principal of Luther Burbank Middle School. During his tenure, Luther Burbank Middle School received multiple awards, including: Gold Ribbon School (2017), Exemplary Arts Education (2017 and 2021), and a California Distinguished School (2021). Between 2007 and 2015, Macias served as Assistant Principal at John Burroughs High School, where he led in the areas of discipline, guidance, and curriculum and instruction. He began as a teacher in the Burbank USD in 2000, serving seven years in this role.
Macias has also served as an ACSA Charter President and was recognized by his peers with the Charter Leadership Award in 2014 and 2022. In 2016–17, he was recognized as the ACSA Region 15 Middle Grades Principal of the Year.
Macias earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Criminology from California State University, Northridge. He earned a Master of Education degree specializing in Cross-Cultural Teaching from National University and completed the doctoral program in Educational Leadership at the Rossier School of Education at USC in 2014. As the proud son of Mexican immigrant parents, Macias seeks to “overserve the underserved” learners who have historically and systemically been marginalized.
REAL Journey Academies has announced the appointment of Rose Ann Bomentre as its new Superintendent, bringing over 30 years of experience in education to the network of Inland Empire charter schools. Bomentre will be joining RJA at the beginning of the second semester in January 2024.
Bomentre, an accomplished educator with a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, brings a wealth of experience to her new position. Her career includes roles as a Teacher, School Counselor and Administrator. Having worked in both Los Angeles County for 19 years and San Bernardino County for more than 12 years.
In her most recent position as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for Baldy View Regional Occupational Program, Bomentre has demonstrated a commitment to quality Career Technical Education. Her administrative experience also encompassed roles as the Director of Student Wellness & Support Services, Director of Adult Academics and Community Education, and leadership positions at various high schools, including serving as a charter high school, comprehensive high school, and alternative high school principal.
Bomentre currently serves as the ACSA Region 12 Vice President of Committees & Councils. Additionally, she serves as an active member of the Inland Empire Health Coalition Steering Committee, contributing leadership and guidance to foster the development and operations of the coalition and emphasizing the importance of community engagement in health, wellness and safety. She is dedicated to promoting the holistic development of our students, focusing not only on academic success but also on nurturing their career paths and supporting their social-emotional growth.
Steve Johnson is retiring after 34 years of dedicated service in Los Angeles USD. He has served as Complex Project Manager, Area Facilities Services Director, and was Regional Facilities Director upon his retirement in December. He was also the Region 16 representative on ACSA’s Classified Educational Leaders Council. His plans after retirement include traveling, fishing, spending time with his family and continuing his service to the community.
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