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Pasadena Unified Announces Selection of Norma Coombs Elementary Principal

August 8, 2019

Pasadena Unified Announces Selection of Norma Coombs Elementary Principal

Pasadena, CA – The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) is pleased to announce the selection of Debra Lucas as Principal of Norma Coombs Elementary School. 

“I am pleased to appoint Ms. Lucas as Principal of Norma Coombs Elementary,” said Interim Superintendent David Verdugo, Ed.D.  “With her experience as an instructional leader and track record of developing innovative partnerships that enrich student learning, Norma Coombs will be ready to launch into the future.”

Ms. Lucas was selected after a thorough process that included input from Norma Coombs Elementary stakeholders. The contract is scheduled for ratification by the Board of Education on August 29, 2019.

This year, Norma Coombs Elementary will introduce “Code to the Future,” the computer science immersion program that gives students exciting opportunities to learn the fundamentals of computer coding as an integrated part of their daily curriculum. Through this 21st century digital literacy, students develop critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration skills.

Ms. Lucas served as principal of Cleveland Elementary from 2016 to June 2019. Under her leadership at Cleveland Elementary, Cleveland Elementary developed a focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), with classes taught weekly by visiting Caltech scientists. Previously, she was a District Elementary Instructional Coach and was part of the district’s Curriculum Revision Workshop Team that made PUSD an early adopter of the new state learning standards.  Ms. Lucas was a Curriculum Resource Teacher and Language Development Resource Teacher at Longfellow Elementary School. She began her career in PUSD in 1997.

“I am very proud to continue serving Pasadena Unified School District as principal of Norma Coombs Elementary School,” said Ms. Lucas. “In line with the school’s mission, I am confident that as a learning community we will demonstrate perseverance, commit to excellence, inspire leadership, build futures, and achieve the impossible as we discover every child’s gifts through collaboration, innovation, and literacy.” 

Ms. Lucas has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Therapy from New York University; a teaching credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills; and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership and Administrative Services Credential from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.

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