Meet the Principal

  • Portrait of Principal Duquette

     

    As a former Teacher of the Year and high school curriculum assistant principal, Ms. Duquette is a 18-year educator and joins PUSD from the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. Ms. Duquette has been a high school assistant principal since 2010 serving at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, CA and formerly at Sandra Day O’Connor High School and Boulder Creek High School where she expanded student enrollment in college preparatory courses, increased student scores in the Advanced Placement program, and implemented a one-to-one technology initiative campus wide.

    Named Teacher of the Year for Deer Valley Unified School District in the 2009-2010, she continued to mentor teachers and administrators in best practices in Common Core implementation and effective use technology to ensure 21st century readiness for students across the TK-12 district.

    “My love for the arts and my deeply rooted commitment to ensuring that all students are ready to excel in their next steps in life inspire me as the next leader of McKinley School. Our school will develop students who not only feel safe and loved, but can also thrive in an innovative learning environment where they feel confident in taking on this great big world around them,” said Duquette.

    Ms. Duquette has also led district-wide committees in advanced academics, teacher evaluation, and the visual and performing arts. Prior to becoming a high school assistant principal for instruction, Ms. Duquette taught both elementary special education and high school social studies courses. Before moving into TK-12 education, Ms. Duquette served as the graduate program coordinator for the School of Art at Arizona State University.

    Ms. Duquette has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Journalism and Political Science from Arizona State University. She earned her administrative credential in 2006 through Northern Arizona University, which transferred as a clear credential in California when she moved to Los Angeles County in 2016.