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|Santa Monica-Malibu School Board Appoints New Director of Early Learning|
By Lookout Staff
April 24, 2017 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu School Board last week appointed Webster Elementary School principal Susan Samarge-Powell, a 21-year veteran of local schools, as the district's new director of early learning.Samarge-Powell, who headed elementary school in Malibu for the past four years, previously served as half-time director of the district's Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program.
For several years at Rogers -- a campus of 675 students, 50 preschool students and 80 staff members -- she "collaborated with a team of bilingual teachers to develop specific and targeted instruction for all students," officials said.
Samarge-Powell then served as assistant principal at the school before being appointed principal at Webster, a 350-student transitional kindergarten through fifth grade school, where her job included managing all certificated and classified staff, officials said.
She subsequently served as teacher support coordinator and a part-time consultant for Teaching and Learning Solutions for the district.
Samarge-Powell, who holds a Doctorate of Education from UCLA, received the District Young Teacher of the Year award by the Santa Monica Jaycess in 1999 and a Honorary Service Award by the Rogers PTA in 2002.
She is involved in several community organizations, district officials said.
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