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Media Release: Special Education Leadership Transition


(PALOS VERDES ESTATES, CA) -- The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District (PVPUSD) today announced, pending Board approval, the selection of Ms. Kimberly Taylor as the Executive Director, Special Education.

Ms. Taylor has spent the past 16 years in the Hermosa Beach City School District where she currently serves as Director of Administrative Services. Ms. Taylor believes in recognizing the potential in every child. In her time in the HBCSD, Kim served as the district’s compliance officer for special education services. She made efforts to bring back her special education students to their home district by building and developing programs and services to meet the students’ individualized needs. Over this past year she has been working closely with her para-educators by providing further training and support. Kim also worked closely with the Hermosa Beach staff to improve their performance indicators and achievement rates to meet targeted areas in assessment participation and achievement.

Prior to her current role, Kim served as principal for seven years at Hermosa Valley School, a 4th through 8th grade school in HBCSD where she was named the Association of California School Administrators South Bay Middle School Principal of the Year in 2018. Kim was a Language Arts and social studies teacher prior to becoming a principal.

“Ms. Taylor provides our district with a wealth of special education experience coming from a local high performing school district like Hermosa Beach City School District,” stated Superintendent Alex Cherniss. “She is uniquely suited for this role and we welcome her to PVPUSD.”

Ms. Taylor received her Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Pepperdine University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education English from Purdue University.


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