The Tustin Unified School District (TUSD) is honored to announce the retirements of four current administrators effective at the end of this school year Michele Boudreaux, Jackie Christy, Sean Lindsey, and Tracey Vander Hayden.
Michele Boudreaux, Assistant Principal of Tustin High School, has announced her retirement at the end of the school year. Mrs. Boudreaux has worked in TUSD and public education for 31 years.
“Tustin will always be a place I cherish,” said Michele Boudreaux. “I was a TUSD student from Kindergarten through High school and started my career as a teacher and eventually became an administrator. In addition to my 31 years of employment in TUSD, I have formed many lasting relationships that I will treasure forever. I truly am Rustin’ in Tustin!”
Mrs. Boudreaux previously served as a principal at Hewes Middle School and assistant principal at Foothill and Tustin High Schools. Prior to becoming an administrator, Mrs. Boudreaux was a classroom teacher at Columbus Tustin Middle School, Utt Middle School, and Tustin High School. While at Tustin High School as a classroom teacher, Mrs. Boudreaux was also the Activities Director and coached girls volleyball and basketball.
Jackie Christy, Principal of Benson Elementary School, has announced she will retire at the end of the school year in June. Mrs. Christy has worked in education for 21 years with 17 of those years in TUSD.
“It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve in the Tustin Unified School District over the past 17 years,” said Principal Christy. “During my various experiences, I had the opportunity to develop strong working partnerships with teachers, staff, students, and families at each of the school sites I worked at as well as with staff across the district. Building relationships was always paramount to the work we did together. Tustin continues to prove it is a leader in education and I look forward to watching the future successes of TUSD!”
Mrs. Christy joined TUSD as a reading intervention teacher and then special education at Tustin Memorial Academy in 2005. After five years, Mrs. Christy became a teacher on special assignment supporting Hicks Canyon Elementary School. In 2015, she became an assistant principal for Hicks Canyon Elementary School and Thorman Elementary School. Since 2016, Mrs. Christy has been the proud principal of Benson Elementary School.
Mrs. Christy is known for her passion for supporting teachers and developing their ability to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of students. She is looking forward to developing the next generation of teachers through her work at the college level.
Sean Lindsay, Principal of Red Hill Elementary, has announced his retirement at the end of the school year. Mr. Lindsay has worked in public education for 25 years - the past 8 years in TUSD.
“My time in TUSD has been deeply satisfying. I am so fortunate to have been a part of TUSD's tremendous commitment to Tustin's students and community, said Principal Sean Lindsay. “I am graced to have worked with and for such amazing educators. Thank you, TUSD!”
He was hired in 2014 as the principal of Heideman Elementary School where he served for 6 years before becoming the principal of Red Hill in 2020.
Tracey Vander Hayden, Principal of Pioneer Middle School, has announced she will retire at the end of the school year. Ms. Vander Hayden has worked in public education for 38 years - the past 23 years in TUSD.
“I will genuinely miss the best-kept secret in Orange County, TUSD. I am blessed to move into retirement with lifelong friendships and wonderful memories that focus on helping students achieve their potential, said Principal Tracey Vander Hayden. “As a member of the Wildcat Family, I thank the entire community for their trust and support while caring for their student's educational needs over the past twelve years. Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat!”
She was hired in 1999 as the principal of Estock Elementary School and was later promoted to Hewes Middle School. For the past 12 years, Ms. Vander Hayden has served as the principal of Pioneer Middle School. Ms. Vander Hayden has received several professional honors during her tenure with TUSD. She was named Administrator of the Year for Region 17 by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), ACSA Region 17 Middle School Administrator of the Year two times, and was a two time recipient of the Professor of Education Award.
“On behalf of the entire Tustin Unified Community, we would like to thank these amazing leaders for their service and commitment to our students, staff, and community,” said Superintendent Mark Johnson. While their leadership will be greatly missed we are so happy to see what the next chapter in their lives has in store for them.”