Let us reflect for a few moments on some of the things we have accomplished in the last three and a half years: we established the first Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Academy in California, a Spanish Dual Language Immersion Academy, a STEAM Magnet School, a GATE Academy, and this fall we are launching Orange County’s first Computer Science Magnet School. WSD was one of only 13 districts (out of 1,000) throughout California to be named an Honor Roll District, a national program recognizing high-performing schools that improve the outcomes for students, and we were honored as a White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education.” We were one of the first districts to implement a 1:1 Chromebook device initiative for students K-8 and last year we received the prestigious Golden Bell Award for our amazing i4 Blended Learning Initiative.
I am incredibly proud of the work that we have achieved together and I am confident that the programs we have in place will continue to thrive and grow. I am excited to take on the new challenges that are ahead of me, yet at the same time, very sad to be leaving WSD. I will be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to lead such a great District and to work alongside such remarkable people.
All in the service of children,
Dr. Marian Kim Phelps, Superintendent