Principal of the Year
Lori Touloumian, the principal of Eliot Arts Magnet, is the Pasadena Unified School District’s 2018 Principal of the Year.
As principal of Eliot Arts Magnet since 2015, Ms. Touloumian has led the school’s transformation into a visual and performing arts powerhouse for middle school students.
“The fact that I’m able to touch so many lives brings me so much joy,” she says. “When I first came to Eliot, I knew there were challenges, but I also knew there was potential in every corner of this campus. I’m blessed - I’m the luckiest principal the world because I work with Eliot Arts administration, faculty, staff, parents and community each and every day.”
Her high-spirited energy and leadership has transformed Eliot Arts Magnet into a school that offers an array of music, dance, theater arts, and visual arts courses in state-of-the-art facilities, including a large theater and costume and art studios where students learn from professionals. Professional partners, including Light Bringer Project, and Lineage Dance, mentor teachers and students in the classroom through ongoing artist residencies. Students learn math, science, social studies, and English through arts-infused demonstrations and performance tasks.
Frequent recitals, showcases, and an annual musical theatre production put student’s work on display and deliver valuable performance experience. Last spring, students visited museums for inspiration and designed costumes for Eliot’s production of Alice in Wonderland.
Ms. Touloumian has been part of PUSD since 1999 and has served as a high school teacher and assistant principal. She was the district’s magnet program coordinator prior to her appointment as principal of Eliot.