The Tustin Unified School District has appointed Stephanie Yang as Director of Educational Services. She will replace Robert Craven, who became an assistant superintendent in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. Yang has served as principal of Benjamin Beswick Elementary School for the past three years.
"Stephanie has done outstanding work in the District since she joined us in 2011," TUSD Superintendent Dr. Gregory Franklin said. "Her expertise in curriculum and instruction will benefit the entire District."
Yang has been in education for 14 years – the past eight years in TUSD. She joined Tustin Unified as Coordinator of Curriculum and Special Projects for K-12. She led the development of District curricular frameworks focused on Reading and Writing Workshop, K-12 Common Core State Standards progressions, professional development opportunities for TUSD K-12 teachers, and launched the District's 21st century technology-focused elementary music education program for third- through fifth-grade students. Yang also served as assistant principal at Hicks Canyon Elementary School.
Prior to TUSD, Yang worked in the Los Angeles Unified School District as an elementary teacher and intervention coordinator where she developed literacy intervention programs and curriculum for teachers.
Yang has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from California State University, Long Beach. She will be completing her doctorate in educational leadership this fall.
Earlier this year, Yang was named 2019 Elementary Principal of the Year by the Tustin School Management Association (TSMA). Additionally, in 2015, Yang was named Curriculum and Instruction Administrator of the Year by TSMA.
"It has been an extraordinary experience learning and growing with the students, community and staff of Beswick Elementary School," Yang said. "I am thankful for the privilege of being a part of such a wonderful school community focused on helping all kids grow and achieve. I have no doubt that the great traditions of 21st century excellence in teaching and learning will continue to grow at Beswick School in the years ahead."
"I look forward to supporting all students and schools across Tustin Unified in my next role as Director of Educational Services," she added.
A recruitment and selection process will begin immediately for a new principal at Beswick School.