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Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara Unified School District has confirmed the hiring of two new assistant superintendents, with Dr. Stanley Munro takes over as Deputy Superintendent of Elementary Schools and ShaKenya Edison join the district as Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.
Dr Munro was confirmed by the board on Tuesday evening, while Ms Edison had already been approved by the trustees on April 26, 2022 and joined Tuesday’s meeting via Zoom to introduce herself to the public.
Ms. Edison comes to Santa Barbara Unified after spending the past seven years as Director of Student Services in three California school districts: East Side Union High School District in San Jose (2015-2019), Victor Valley Union High School District in Victorville (2019-20) and the Menifee Union School District in Menifee (current).
Previously, she worked in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District in several capacities, including Director of Student Services, Child Protection and Attendance Coordinator, and Site Coordinator.
She also spent two years as a SafeSchool Grants Advisor and Coordinator in the Sweetwater Union High School District.
Ms. Edison holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC San Diego, as well as a master’s degree in educational counseling and an administrative degree from National University.
She also founded Legacy Edison, a non-profit organization that supports the personal and social development of girls and young women by promoting self-love and celebrating uniqueness.
As a Southern California native, Ms. Edison is thrilled to return to her roots, as well as the beautiful walkable landscapes of Santa Barbara.
And she won’t hesitate to say hello.
“I look forward to seeing families while I am walking or grocery shopping, having casual conversations and building relationships outside of a formal role; and partnership because the children belong to the school for 180 days, but they belong to the community for 365 days. Being integrated into the community is extremely important to me,” Ms Edison said.
Dr. Munro is a lifelong learner and educator. Throughout his 19 professional years
career in education, he has been a teacher, curriculum writer,
professional developer, deputy director, director, executive director and superintendent.
He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, a Masters from Harvard University in Management, Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision, Mathematics Education, and Reading Specialist from Johns Hopkins University. , as well as a doctorate in education. in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University.
During his career, Dr. Munro’s most important work has been as an advocate for student rights.
“All children have the right to maximize their greatest potential, and every person on campus has a responsibility to ensure that scholars know they are valued in the school community and the world at large,” said the Dr Munro.
Dr. Munro’s educational philosophy is in direct alignment with the Santa Barbara Unified School District’s mission statement, which is to prepare students for a world yet to be created.
“It is indeed an honor to join the SBUSD family and move to Santa Barbara with my beautiful
wife of fourteen years, my ten year old son and eight year old daughter. I look forward to introducing myself to you at your schools and meeting with community stakeholders,” said Dr. Munro.
SBUSD Superintendent Dr. Hilda Maldonado is energized by Dr. Munro and Ms. Edison eager for both to begin their new duties on July 1, 2022.
“We look forward to seeing their ideas infused into Santa Barbara’s unified DNA. We have so much important work to do, from those who are historically underserved, to ensuring our students are supported beyond the classroom,” Dr. Maldonado said. “Dr. Munro and Ms. Edison represent all that is right in education because they are two people who are focused on student outcomes. As a district, we are incredibly lucky to have them with us.
COMMENTS FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
“I look forward to the contributions of our Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools and our Assistant Superintendent of Student Services. Their experience and expertise will be very useful in meeting the needs of our students. Their experience and past successes in improving outcomes, while emphasizing an inclusive school environment, ShaKenya Edison and Dr. Stanley Munro will offer support to our teachers and staff as we move forward. We are very lucky to have them both with us. —Rose Munoz
“I am delighted to welcome ShaKenya Edison and Stanley Munro to SBUSD. Their commitment to continuous improvement is evident in their extensive and successful experience teaching K-12. I look forward to getting to know them and hearing their plans to support our SBUSD students. —Virginia Alvarez
“Ms. Edison and Mr. Munro, welcome to the United District of Santa Barbara! I look forward to your input, commitment, and expertise in continuing our commitment to all students. To provide an equitable, nurturing, respectful and student-centered where students see themselves and participate in reaching their full potential in school and in life — Wendy Sims-Moten
“It was an inclusive and very rigorous interview process, and I am delighted that the wide range of stakeholders were unanimously enthusiastic and proud of these two nominations.” —Kate Ford