PUSD Appoints Trustees – Pasadena Schools

Clockwise from top: Jovan Jacobs Ed.D., David Ibarra, Hilda Ramirez Horvath, Amy McGinnis. Photo courtesy of PUSD

Pending Board of Education approval, PUSD announces new trustees:

Jovan Jacobs, Ed.D., Associate Superintendent, Specialized Student Support/SELPA

Dr. Jacobs has served as Executive Director of Special Education for PUSD since August 2021 and is promoted to Associate Superintendent, Specialty Student Support/SELPA, pending board approval. She replaces Dr. Marco Villegas, who has accepted a position as superintendent of the El Rancho Unified School District. Dr. Jacobs will be responsible for administering all programs and services for children with disabilities, leading cross-departmental strategic planning, improving standard operating procedures and staff training, strengthening collaborative partnerships with parents and improving the organizational effectiveness of the special education department.

Prior to joining PUSD, she served as the Executive Director of the Special Education/Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) for the Stockton Unified District. Prior to that, he served as the first SELPA Director for Compton Unified in 2012. Dr. Jacobs’ first administrative position was as Director of Special Education and Support Services with Alliance College-Ready Public Schools.

Dr. Jacobs holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego, a Masters in Special Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a Masters in Administration with a major in urban leadership from California State University, Sacramento. In 2012, she received an Ed.D. in K-12 Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California.

David Ibarra, Coordinator III – Athletics, English Learners, International Baccalaureate

David Ibarra, principal of Blair Middle and High School since 2016, has been promoted to Coordinator III in Central Office and will report to the Assistant Superintendent. In his new position, he will support English language learners through the Language Assessment and Development department and coordinate the athletics and International Baccalaureate programs district-wide.

Coming from PUSD Schools, Mr. Ibarra joined PUSD in 2003 as a middle school teacher. While Director of Blair, he led the school’s accreditation by WASC, assessment visits by the International Baccalaureate organization, integrated the Armenian Academy on campus, increased athletic offerings, expanded the school’s Spanish language immersion program and helped develop grading equity practices. Blair is also home to the District’s International Academy, a specialized program designed for students in grades 6 through 12 who have been in the United States for 12 months or less. Mr. Ibarra also led the recent modernization of the high school campus.

Amy McGinnis, Principal of Blair Middle and High School

Amy McGinnis, who has served as deputy director of Blair since 2019, was appointed director by Superintendent McDonald. The district is hiring two assistant principals, as well as two International Baccalaureate coordinators to support middle and high school programs.

Ms. McGinnis was born and raised in Pasadena and is the proud product of the Pasadena Unified School District. Ms. McGinnis joined PUSD in 2019 and has been an educator for over 25 years. She is currently in the doctoral program at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in Educational Leadership.

“I work with amazing teachers and staff and am excited to continue to build strong relationships to create opportunities for our students to reach their goals and reach their potential,” she says.

Prior to joining PUSD in 2019, Ms. McGinnis was a Reading Intervention Specialist at Azusa Unified School District and Principal of Sierra Madre Community Nursery School. She was a reading and English teacher at Pasadena City College, a reading and writing teacher and mentor at Cypress College, and a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She began her career as an educator as a teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in the Pasadena Unified School District.

Ms. McGinnis is enrolled in the Doctor of Education program at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she earned an administrative services degree. She holds a Master of Science from California State University, Fullerton, and a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA.

Hilda Ramirez Horvath, Public Information Officer

Hilda Ramirez Horvath, who served as communications manager since 2015, is promoted to public information manager. She will lead the district communications team in implementing strategic communications and marketing plans to promote the PUSD and its programs, events and initiatives. Ms. Ramirez Horvath joined PUSD in 2008 as Communications Coordinator. Previously, she was a communications specialist at LAUSD and a publicity/programming supervisor at KTTV/FOX 11.

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