Lori Touloumian named the new Principal of Marshall Fundamental Secondary School (July 6, 2021)
Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Brian McDonald, Ed.D. has named Lori Touloumian as the principal of Marshall Fundamental Secondary School. Earlier this month, Dr. Mark Anderson, the beloved principal of Marshall Fundamental, accepted a position in another district.
“I would like to thank Dr. Anderson for his leadership at Marshall over the last ten years, and congratulate him on his new position. We will miss his creativity, energy, and enthusiasm,” said Superintendent Brian McDonald, Ed.D. “Although we highly value the input of parents and staff in the selection of new principals, with the full reopening of the new school year just weeks away, we have to move quickly to appoint new principals. With the Board’s consensus, I am pleased to appoint Lori Touloumian as principal of Marshall.
Ms. Touloumian is an award-winning school administrator who is highly regarded in our community and bring strong experience to their new positions.”
Lori Touloumian has served as principal of Eliot Arts Magnet Academy since 2015 and was named PUSD’s Principal of the Year in 2018. She led the successful implementation of the arts magnet, revitalizing the campus with visual and performing arts and strong community partnerships. Ms. Touloumian established Eliot Science Night, an annual celebration of the sciences that has grown beyond the school and is now a districtwide event. Ms. Touloumian also spearheaded the district’s annual celebration of Women’s History Month events.
Ms. Touloumian has worked in PUSD since 1999. Before Eliot, she was the district’s magnet coordinator since 2013. Prior to that, she served as assistant principal at Pasadena High School (PHS) where she supervised student activities and student leadership groups and served as the liaison for the school’s Safe and Supportive Schools grant. Previously, she was chair and co-chair of the school’s English department from 2007-2010. She started in PUSD teaching 10th and 11th grade regular and honors English at PHS and has also been an Upward Bound instructor at Pasadena City College.
“I am humbled and honored to be the new Principal of Marshall Fundamental School, which has a rich tradition of excellence in academics and the arts. I look forward to working with Marshall's students, faculty, staff, parent committees, and community partners to further school-wide goals,” said Ms. Touloumian.
“Ms. Touloumian is a leader I admire for her dedication, intelligence, enthusiasm, and sheer joy around public school leadership,” said Dr. Mark Anderson. “She will bring a new and fresh perspective to help our great Marshall community continue to grow and strive for excellence in equity for all students.”