Phone: (626) 396-5880 x84094


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. - Human Development (Azusa Pacific) ---------------------------------------------- M.A. - Special Education (Azusa Pacific) ---------------------------------------------- M.A. - Educational Administration (CSU Los Angeles) ---------------------------------------------- Ed.D. - Educational Leadership in Urban Settings (University of Southern California)

Dr. Mathew Kodama

I am delighted to reach out to you as Pasadena High School's newly appointed principal. For those that I have yet to meet, I am a proud PUSD graduate and began my educational career in 1992 as an instructional assistant at Don Benito Fundamental School. From there, I went on to serve in various capacities as a teacher, inclusion specialist, curriculum coach, support provider for beginning teachers, and assistant principal at PHS from 2013 to 2015. After serving as an assistant principal at PHS, I spent seven years in the Covina-Valley Unified School District as principal of a middle school, continuation high school, special education adult transition school, and was founding principal of an AB130-aligned K-12 independent study school. While in Covina Valley, my teams expanded the Project Lead the Way Engineering Program from a single class to a fully developed pathway, established "Femineers", an all-girl Engineering club, and Girls Who Code to challenge gender stereotypes in computer science. My schools have been the recipient of numerous grants, including Mr. Holland's Opus (2017) and an Arizona State University/Verizon Innovative Learning for Virtual Reality (2020) and an IFT Innovation grant (2022).

I am grateful to the Pasadena community and deeply humbled that I have been offered the privilege to serve our exceptional school, where students come first. Our philosophy of students first is exemplified in our dedication to developing the whole scholar, beyond the classroom walls through academic and athletic competition, the arts, and our comprehensive offerings of clubs and student activities. I am energized by the opportunity to extend our vision of putting kids first, academically and holistically, in partnership with our stakeholders, and look forward to an outstanding school year ahead.

Dr. Kodama is the Principal of Pasadena High School.

Phone: (626) 396-5880 x84095


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. - Child Development (CSU Los Angeles) ---------------------------------------------- M.A. - Special Education (CSU Los Angeles) ---------------------------------------------- CAGS - Educational Administration (UC Irvine)

Mrs. Vivian Huang

It’s a great honor that I join the Team of Bulldogs as the Assistant Principal. I have begun my administrative work as a TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignments) coaching and providing support to the special education staff. This experience gave me an invaluable foundation to build up my skill set as a Special Education Coordinator that began in 2017. As a strong advocate for students with exceptional needs, my primary goal has never changed which is to connect resources to our students and families and to meet their programmatic needs. With my teaching career began in a non-public school teaching the most vulnerable and marginalized youth, I quickly realized that the evidence-based interventions in both academic and socioemotional development were the key to build resilience in learning and bridge the cap for student achievement. All students deserve an equitable educational experience.

I earned a B.A. degree in Child Development, an Education Specialist Credential as well as a Master of Arts degree in Special Education from the California State University, Los Angeles. I further pursued my advanced graduate studies in Educational Administration with the University of California, Irvine. When I am off campus, I enjoy biking and hiking with my husband and our two boys. My greatest accomplishment in recent years was that I finally conquered my fear and learned how to ski. My children were indeed the best mentor teachers on this adventurous journey! I look forward to the years ahead to service our Bulldog community.

Mrs. Huang is the Assistant Principal in charge of Student Activities and Facilities at Pasadena High School.

Phone: (626) 396-5880 x84097


Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. - Marketing Management (Syracuse University) ---------------------------------------------- M.A. - Educational Technology (Pepperdine University) ---------------------------------------------- M.A. - Educational Administration (CSU Los Angeles)

Mr. Jason Taylor

As Assistant Principal, I am excited for the opportunity to continue growing with the Pasadena Community to provide an inclusive and equitable educational experience for our entire student body.  

I’ve been in Pasadena Unified for 25 years and have taught Math, Robotics and Computer and Business application courses. For the past 2 years, I have been a member of the PHS faculty and most recently served as the Instructional Coach. In that position, I spent time contributing and learning from different members of the school community to support all of our students. I’ve worked closely with our English Learners and their parents to provide access and support to reach their educational goals and advocated for equitable teaching practices in multiple subject areas. I will continue to build off the work done and serve our community across all departments.

Outside of work, I like to spend time doing DIY home projects, baking, and spending quality time with my family. I am also an avid sports fan and love to travel whenever possible. I look forward to the challenge of supporting our Bulldog Community in their endeavor to make curriculum culturally responsive, inclusive, and equitable for all students.

Mr. Taylor is the Assistant Principal in charge of Instruction and Curriculum at Pasadena High School.

Phone: (626) 396-5880 x84084


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. - Spanish (CSU Los Angeles) ---------------------------------------------- M.A. - Education (Brandman University) ---------------------------------------------- Administrative Credential - CSU Dominguez Hills

Mr. Bryan Henriquez

It is with great privilege and honor that I join Pasadena High school as the Assistant Principal in charge of Special Education. This is a great opportunity for me to grow as an administrator and become an advocate for students with special needs and their families.

My educational career began in 2005 as a teacher's assistant with Los Angeles Unified. I moved up the ranks, becoming a substitute and then, in 2017, a Spanish teacher at Glendale Unified School District. I earned my B.A. in Spanish from Cal State University, Los Angeles (2013), a Master of Arts degree in education from Brandman University (2019), and my Administrative Credential from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills (2022).

In my free time, I enjoy playing and watching soccer, especially teams like Real Madrid and L.A Galaxy. I enjoy playing guitar and traveling when I can. I am excited to start my journey with this wonderful school and community. GO BULLDOGS!

Mr. Henriquez is the Assistant Principal in charge of Special Education at Pasadena High School.