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Dr. Joanne Culverhouse receives Superintendent of the Year Award from the ACA, Region 17

Former Laguna Beach High School Principal Dr. Joanne Culverhouse was honored at the Irvine Marriott this week by the Association of California Administrators (ACA), Region 17, as Superintendent of the Year. The Association of California School Administrators is the driving force for an equitable, world-class education system, and the development and support of inspired educational leaders who meet the diverse needs of all California students.

Dr. Culverhouse spent 15 years in the Laguna Beach School District, as principal of El Morro, Thurston, and LBHS, until accepting the position of Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District in 2014. She was beloved by her students and more than one, in their tributes to her when she left LBHS, attributed much of their success to her. 

Dr Joanne Culverhouse

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Dr. Joanne Culverhouse during her time as LBHS Principal

In 2017, she was named Superintendent of La Habra Unified School District. Last year, she was recognized as one of the 100 top influencers of Orange County by the OC Register for her overhaul of the La Habra schools. In September of 2018, after 15 months of planning, she completed the restructuring of the district’s nine schools and created special focus for each campus, modernizing the district’s format. 

Dr. Culverhouse earned her Doctorate from UCLA and a B.S. and M.S. in Education and Administration at the University of Nevada, Reno. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, and as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. In addition to her time in Laguna Beach, she previously taught elementary school, coached, and served as a principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Her past experiences have also included principal positions in Sun Valley, Nev. and Hemet, Calif.