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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Dos Pueblos Principal Shawn Carey is Santa Barbara Unified’s new Assistant Superintendent

At this evening’s meeting, the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education approved the selection of Shawn Carey, currently principal of Dos Pueblos High School, to serve as the district’s assistant superintendent of secondary education. The vote was 5:0. Ms. Carey succeeds Assistant Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati, recently appointed as the new superintendent of Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Dr. Drati’s last day in the district was December 9, 2016.

Under the general direction of the superintendent, the assistant superintendent, secondary education plans and administers the secondary instructional program including curriculum development, curriculum articulation (K-12), and other federal, state and local programs in accordance with the Santa Barbara Unified School District’s Mission Statement.

Ms. Carey brings 20 years of teaching and administrative experience to the assistant superintendent’s position. She is recognized as an effective written and oral communicator, an instructionally focused leader, a creative problem-solver and mediator, an experienced community builder, and a champion for equity. Ms. Carey has served as the principal representative on Santa Barbara Unified’s Cultural Proficiency and Equity Committee as well as faculty member for the Institute for Equity in Education. She has the ability to read, write, and speak Spanish fluently.

Among her awards are selection as the Santa Barbara Anti-Defamation League’s Educator of the Year (2016), Dos Pueblos High’s PTSA Continuing Service Award (2010), Honorary Service Award (2004), and KLITE/KEYT Teacher of the Year (2001).

Ms. Carey’s work in the field of education began in 1996, when she served as an instructional aide for special education at Santa Barbara High School. In 1998 she began her service at Dos Pueblos High School, first as a teacher—social studies, Spanish, and epistemology—at all grade levels and academic levels. For two years, beginning January 2008, she served as the school’s assistant principal, where she oversaw discipline, activities/athletics, and curriculum/instruction/assessment. Then, in July 2010, Ms. Cary was selected as the school’s principal. In that capacity she has been responsible for establishing and executing a vision for ongoing school improvement by productively engaging all stakeholder groups to ensure student achievement and sustain positive school culture.

Shawn Carey attended UC Santa Barbara, where she earned a master’s degree in education/single subject teaching credential. Prior to UCSB she attended University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, where she earned a BA in psychology/Latin American studies.

Ms. Carey will begin work as the district’s assistant superintendent of secondary education, effective January 1, 2017.

In her comments to the board of education, Ms. Carey said, “Tonight I am honored to accept the position of assistant superintendent of secondary education for the Santa Barbara Unified School District. In this role I plan to operate as both a shepherd and a captain: caring for and supporting our eight distinguished secondary school sites as I help to set and navigate a course that will yield college and career readiness for all our district’s graduates. I feel fortunate to have been prepared for this role through varied experiences in our local schools: from my first days as a para-educator at Santa Barbara High School, to student teaching assignments at Santa Barbara Junior and San Marcos High Schools, to my nearly 20 years of teaching and administrative career at Dos Pueblos High School.” She continued, “I am especially indebted to my predecessor, Dr. Ben Drati, whose accomplishments and leadership example have undoubtedly laid the foundation for continuing to improve our practices and increase accountability to ensuring access and success for all students, regardless of their personal or academic background. I look forward to collaborating with the impressive team of leaders in place in our district, most of whom I am deeply familiar with and impressed by from our work as colleagues.”

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