SMMUSD announces new Roosevelt Elementary School principal

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The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education approved the appointment of Lynda Holeva as the new principal of Roosevelt Elementary School at its June 22, 2016 special board meeting. Holeva is the current assistant principal at Roosevelt Elementary School.

Holeva joined SMMUSD in 2014 as the assistant principal at Will Rogers Learning Community and Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) coordinator, splitting her time between the two 50 percent positions. She has been the assistant principal at Roosevelt for the 2015-16 school year.

She brings 19 years of education experience to this position including teaching and leadership positions in the Encinitas Union School District before coming to SMMUSD. She previously served as an assistant principal, summer enrichment academy principal, BTSA coordinator and mentor, GATE coordinator and elementary school teacher.

“I am honored to have been chosen as the new principal of Roosevelt Elementary School! Having been the assistant principal there this past year has afforded me the opportunity to really know and understand the wonderful Roosevelt community,” Holeva said. “I am excited to lead in a shared vision of continuing collaboration, academic excellence and a positive social climate that has become the fabric of Roosevelt.”

Holeva holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in interdisciplinary studies, Magna Cum Laude, from National University and a Master’s of Education in administration and leadership from Cal State University, San Marcos.

Holeva has earned multiple awards and recognition including a fellowship from Encinitas Union School District to attend a Harvard Graduate School of Education leadership symposium; BTSA Mentor Teacher of the Year in 2009 and 2010 from the North Coastal BTSA Consortium in San Diego and Encinitas Union school board recognition for a service learning project program.

“Lynda will be a valuable addition to our district leadership team,” Dr. Mark Kelly, assistant superintendent of human resources, said. “I would like to congratulate her on her new position.”