Dr. Crystal Turner, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services for the Tustin Unified School District, has been named Superintendent of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. She was appointed tonight by the SVUSD Board of Education and will start her new position on April 20.
"Dr. Turner has made outstanding contributions to the Tustin Unified community and has been a great colleague,” TUSD Superintendent Dr. Gregory Franklin said. “I know she will be equally successful in Saddleback Valley.“
Among her accomplishments in TUSD, Dr. Turner helped open the District’s first science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) magnet elementary school – Heritage School, created and supported the District’s elementary through high school competitive robotics program, facilitated the Measure S technology bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee, directed the implementation of next-generation classrooms as part of the TUSD Connect Initiative and coordinated special events such as the annual State of the Schools Breakfast.
Prior to TUSD, Dr. Turner served as Director of Educational Services in the Fullerton School District. She also worked in Saddleback Valley as a teacher, assistant principal and principal for many years.
"I have learned so much from the Tustin Unified teachers, administrators, staff and community about how to create innovative programs, work collaboratively and provide incredible learning opportunities for students,” Dr. Turner said. “I am thankful to have spent the past four years with such wonderful colleagues! It is hard to leave TUSD, but I am looking forward to new experiences in Saddleback Valley.”