Congressman Adam Schiff Honors PEF Board President Dr. Kathy Onoye as 2019 Woman of the Year in 28th Congressional District

Published : Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 6:23 PM

Pasadena Educational Foundation congratulates its amazing Board President Dr. Kathy Onoye for being honored by Congressman Adam Schiff as a 2019 Woman of the Year in the 28th Congressional District!

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.

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).

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