TUSD NEWS RELEASE
Katy Sheyka Named Principal of Arroyo Elementary School
Sheyka has worked in education for 21 years – the past six years as principal of Loma Vista Elementary School.
"Katy has proven herself as a hard-working educational leader who is committed to student achievement, and I'm confident she will do a tremendous job at Arroyo School," Superintendent Dr. Gregory Franklin said.
Under Sheyka's leadership, Loma Vista was named a California Gold Ribbon School and Title I Academic Achievement School in 2016 by the California Department of Education, and Campaign for Business & Education Excellence (CBEE) Honor Roll School for two consecutive years.
While at Loma Vista, Sheyka lead the transformation of teaching practices, implementing three signature practices schoolwide: Readers Workshop, Writers Workshop, and Cognitively Guided Instruction in math. Additionally, she oversaw the development and opening of an Innovation Lab, providing students with opportunities to experience the engineering and design process while cultivating creativity and innovation.
During her career, Sheyka has worked as a literacy teacher on special assignment, elementary teacher assistant principal and Title I literacy interventionist for grades 1 through 5. In 2007, Sheyka achieved National Board Certification – the highest professional credential in the field of teaching. She received her certificate in the area of early childhood and literacy.
Sheyka has a bachelor's degree in child development and a master's degree in educational leadership from California State University, Fullerton.
Among her accomplishments, Sheyka was selected as TUSD Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2007 and represented the District in the Orange County Teachers of the Year Program. Earlier this year, she was named Tustin Unified's 2017 Elementary School Principal of the Year and respresented the District in the Orange County Administrators of the Year Program, sponsored by the Association of California School Administrators, Region 17. She was recognized by TUSD for her leadership skills, professionalism and commitment to a quality education.
"I've enjoyed my six-year journey at Loma Vista, and it's been an honor to work with an amazing staff dedicated to student learning and success," Sheyka said. "I look forward to beginning a new chapter as principal of Arroyo and getting to know the students, staff and parents at the school."
TUSD Chief Personnel Officer Dr. Chuck Lewis will work with the Loma Vista community to begin identifying the qualities and characteristics they would like to see in their next school principal.
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Tustin Unified School District
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