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New principals are officially in

Board gives the nod as expected to Luzak, Wenn and Cradduck.

June 03, 2010|By Andrew Shortall

The La Cañada Unified Governing Board on Tuesday formally approved the new principals for La Cañada High School 7/8 and 9/12, and Paradise Canyon Elementary School.

Current LCHS 7/8 Principal Jacqueline Luzak is assuming the principalship at LCHS 9/12 for Audra Pittman, who is stepping down at the end of this year for a position as a secondary instructional coordinator with the San Mateo County Office of Education. Luzak's position is being filled by Anais Wenn, the current principal of Palm Crest Elementary School.

Debra Cradduck is taking over as principal at Paradise Canyon Elementary School after Donna Robinson retires at the end of the school year.

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Cradduck, who serves as principal at Christian Sorensen Elementary School in Whittier, said the appointment was an honor and a homecoming for her.

"I have been to a number of districts around the area, and I am super excited to come back to where I grew up," Cradduck said. "I know Paradise Canyon has a strong tradition of high academic achievement. I look forward to continuing that with them and going deeper."

Luzak, Wenn and Cradduck were all voted in unanimously and received high praise from the school board.

"[Luzak] has demonstrated leadership and the highest caliber of character," said Wendy Sinnette, assistant superintendent for human resources. "She has brought her school even further from where they began."

Sinnette went on to speak about Wenn and how her character, talents, intelligence and energy have made her beloved by her school.

Sinnette said Wenn and Luzak will be a dynamic duo.

"Anais [Wenn] and I are going to be a great administrative team," Luzak said. "We have similar styles. We work well together, and I think we are going to take our school to the next level.

Wenn described it as a dream job because she gets to work with Luzak.

"I really enjoyed my four years at Palm Crest, but it was kind of like a one-woman show. I'm really looking forward to being a part of a team that works together to benefit the school and the students," Wenn said. "I don't think the two of us could have been a better match."

The school board is expected to announce the replacement for the Palm Crest Elementary principal position on June 15. At that time, they are also expected to decide who will step in for LCHS Assistant Principal Kevin Buchanan and Athletic Director Tamar Hill.

Buchanan is going on to become the principal of Oak Park High School, and Hill is stepping down to focus on teaching and coaching at LCHS.

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