Joanne Culverhouse, Ed. D.The La Habra City School District (LHCSD) Board of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. Joanne Culverhouse, Ed.D., has been selected as Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Culverhouse’s appointment was made at the Board’s January 12th meeting and her starting date will be February 1.

After an extensive search led by Leadership Associates, a leading search firm, which included input sessions with administrators and staff, a community Open Forum for parents and district stakeholders, and an online survey, Dr. Culverhouse was chosen out of an incredibly qualified and impressive list of candidates.

To verify the board’s selection two board members traveled to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District (PVPUSD) on January 5, 2017 to meet with Dr. Culverhouse and her colleagues, staff, teachers and parents. After the verification visit, LHCSD Board President Ofelia Hanson said, “The Board is very pleased with the search process, which identified many strong and diverse candidates. Dr. Culverhouse is an exceptional candidate who also seems a perfect fit for our community. She has received accolades from teachers, staff and parents in her home district and shares the LHCSD’s commitment to excellence. She is committed to supporting each child to reach their highest potential” 

Dr. Culverhouse earned her Doctorate from UCLA and her B.S. and M.S. in Education and Administration at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, and also served as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. Dr. Culverhouse has previously taught elementary school, coached, and served as a principal at the elementary, middle and high school level. She has a strong belief that forming genuine relationships is crucial.  A constant priority for her is clear and authentic communication.  Dr. Culverhouse uses a systems approach to problem solving.  She engages central office staff, teachers, and parents in a collaborative decision-making process that leads to broadly supported and well-articulated short term and long range plans for continued success.

Her experience as an elementary teacher and principal at the K-12 levels, together with her district level leadership in Educational Services and Human Resources uniquely qualifies her for the position of Superintendent for the La Habra City School District.