Published : Monday, April 22, 2019 | 6:08 PM
U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) honored Pasadena resident Dr. Kathy Jane Onoye, a veteran educator, and 12 other inspiring women who were chosen as the 2019 Women of the Year in the 28th Congressional District.
The recognition was bestowed on the 13 women during a luncheon on Tuesday, April 16, in Echo Park.
The 28th district includes Pasadena, Atwater Village, Burbank, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Glendale, Hollywood, La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Sunland-Tujunga, and West Hollywood.
“Today, I met with remarkable women from my district who have all worked tirelessly to make our communities a better place,” Schiff said. “It was an honor to recognize their outstanding work in the 28th District. These women have worked to found or support a myriad of charitable organizations and given so much of themselves to improve the common good. They are all pillars of our communities and I thank them for their invaluable service.”
Dr. Onoye holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a state Lifetime Elementary Teaching Credential from the University of California, Santa Barbara; a state Administrative Service Credential and Master of Arts degree from CSU Los Angeles; a Master of Science degree from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles; and a Doctor of Education and a School Business Management Program Certificate of Completion from USC.
She served the Pasadena Unified School District for over four decades, beginning in 1971 as a classroom teacher at Audubon Primary School, then serving as a Principal, Curriculum Resource Teacher and Mathematics Resource Teacher at Willard Elementary School, until her retirement in 2014 as Executive Director, Elementary, K-6 and K-8 Curriculum and Instruction for PUSD.
Dr. Onoye was also a Master Teacher for USC, a Master Teacher for Pacific Oaks College, has conducted many educational conferences and workshops, and was instrumental in helping Willard Elementary School achieve its International Baccalaureate status.
Dr. Onoye has served on the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), the Association of Pasadena School Administrators, PUSD’s Technology Committee, and the Advisory Committee for Professional Growth for the Commission on Teacher Credentialing in California.
She is currently serving as Board President of the Pasadena Educational Foundation.
Her past and present community involvement includes serving on the boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pasadena, Young and Healthy, and Delta Kappa Gamma; she was a member of the Greater Pasadena Japanese American Citizens League and the San Rafael Library Associates, and held leadership positions at All Saints Episcopal Church.
Dr. Onoye has been the recipient of numerous commendations, including PUSD and ACSA Administrator of the Year Awards, the PUSD Outstanding Teacher Award, several Title I Academic Achievement Awards, a California Business for Educational Excellence and Just for Kids Star Honor School Award, USC Research Awards and the Women’s Clubs Council of Pasadena’s Outstanding Community Service Award.
Dr. Onoye’s co-honorees as 28th Congressional District Women of the Year 2019 include Karen Knapp (Atwater Village), Joy Collins-Brodt (Burbank), Joelle Dobrow (Echo Park), Carrie Ann Sutkin (Elysian Valley), Anita Quiñonez Gabrielian (Glendale), Lara Yeretsian (Hollywood), Jeanne Broberg (La Cañada Flintridge), Dr. Diane L. Evans (La Crescenta), Lynn Alvarez (Los Feliz), Cynthia Hubach (Silver Lake), Pat Kramer (Sunland-Tujunga), and Sofiya Fikhman (West Hollywood).