The William S. Hart Union High School District is welcoming two new assistant principals July 1, following approval by the Governing Board at its meeting June 18. Both have been in the Hart District as teachers and Leadership Team members at their schools, and both will be replacing administrators who have been promoted or are transferring to another district school.
Carolyn Hoffman, who has been a teacher at Golden Valley High School since 2004, is the new assistant principal at Golden Valley, and Samuel Yuhan, who has been a teacher at Arroyo Seco Junior High since 2007, will move up to the assistant principal position at Rancho Pico Junior High School.
In addition to serving as a teacher in Golden Valley’s English Language Development (ELD) program, Hoffman has served on the school’s Leadership Team and has held the position of ELD coordinator and administrative intern.
Hoffman joined the Hart District in 2000 at Golden Oak Adult School, where she was a teacher, Leadership Team member, administrative intern and coordinator of the Community-Based English Tutoring (CBET) program for four years.
Since moving to Golden Valley High School, Hoffman has been cheer advisor, Safe School Ambassador coordinator, Family Group leader, a member of the school’s accreditation focus group, and co-writer of the school’s California Distinguished School application.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Loyola Marymount University and earned additional certification and credentialing from University of California at Los Angeles and California State University, Bakersfield.
“Ms. Hoffman embraces change and growth as an opportunity to learn and expand,” said Rochelle Neal, assistant superintendent of human resources. “She is a well-respected member of the Golden Valley staff and was recently selected as the Teacher of the Year for Golden Valley. She is one of our district experts in the areas of Title I, At-Risk and English Language Learners. She is an advocate for students and parents and will no doubt be highly successful as an assistant principal.”
“Yuhan joined the staff of Arroyo Seco Junior High school in 2007 as a science and math teacher and team leader. He previously spent six years as a teacher and student government advisor at James Monroe High School in North Hills, California.
He also served as an administrative intern at Arroyo Seco, serving as acting assistant principal when required. He was a member of the school’s Technology Committee, an intervention teacher and a liaison between team teachers and the School Site Council. He taught mathematics to at-risk students after school and participated in developing technology components in Arroyo Seco’s curriculum.
He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California at Los Angeles, and master’s degrees in biblical studies and education administration from Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido, California, and California State University, Northridge. He is fluent in Korean and proficient in Spanish.
“Mr. Yuhan is a kind and personable man who demonstrates a life-long passion for education,” Neal commented. “As a teacher, he inspires his students to excel as a result of his enthusiasm and love of learning. Mr. Yuhan’s students have flourished. He is person who will go above and beyond the call of duty to achieve excellence in everything he does. We believe Mr. Yuhan will be a perfect match for Rancho Pico.”
Both positions will be effective July 1.