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Release: #16-71
October 5, 2016
Contact: Cynthia Butler
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates
Los Angeles Elementary School Principal
On Being Named One of 'America's Best'

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today praised Marcia Reed, principal of 186th Street Elementary School in Gardena on being among 58 elementary and middle school principals nationally and abroad who have been named 2016 National Distinguished Principals by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

“In the twelve years Marcia has been principal, she and her staff have strived to close the achievement gap for her students,” Torlakson said. “Under her direction, 186th Elementary School became a Title 1 Academic Achieving Award School, a California Distinguished School, and a California Gold Ribbon Award School. I am so proud that she has received this award which is a testament to her hard work and innovative leadership.”

The National Distinguished Principals program was started in 1984 and recognizes public and private school principals who make remarkable contributions to their schools and communities.

Principal Reed has created effective partnerships with organizations within higher education and business and medical sectors, to prepare her students for future college and career opportunities. Reed’s commitment to STEM education resulted in the creation of the school’s technology lab which won the California School Board Association’s Golden Bell Award in 2010, a first in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Reed holds a Bachelor and Masters of Science from the University of Southern California and an Administrative Credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Principal Reed along with her co-honorees will receive the National Distinguished Principal award during a special banquet on October 7 in Washington D.C.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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