Hamilton, Marshall Principals Honored for Educational Leadership

Frances Weissenberger (l) and Mark Anderson, PhD (r). Photo courtesy PUSD

Two school principals from the Pasadena Unified School District have won top honors for their educational leadership from the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region XV, which includes Pasadena, Glendale, Alhambra, and the West San Gabriel Valley.

Hamilton Elementary School Principal Frances Weissenberger was named Elementary Administrator of the Year, and Marshall Fundamental Secondary School Principal Mark Anderson, Ph.D., was named Secondary Administrator of the Year.

ACSA organizes regional meetings throughout the year and provides leadership development for educational professionals. It is truly an honor to be affiliated with this organization and recognized by such a well-respected group informed by best practice.

Mrs. Weissenberger has been Principal of Hamilton Elementary School since 2009, when she joined PUSD after serving as an adjunct professor of Elementary Curriculum and Literacy at Mount Saint Mary’s College in Los Angeles. Previously, she was an Elementary Literacy Specialist, Literacy Content Expert, Literacy Coach, and elementary school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District since 1987. She has a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from California State University, Northridge, and an administrative credential from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Since 2011, Dr. Anderson has been Principal of Marshall Fundamental Secondary School, which serves grades 6-12. He joined PUSD from the Rowland Unified School District where he held a split position as the district’s Learning Director and Vice Principal of Nogales High School. Prior to joining Rowland Unified, Anderson was a ninth grade Language Arts teacher at Sierra High School in the Azusa Unified School District. He began his career as a high school Language Arts teacher at South Hills High School in the Covina-Valley Unified School District in 2002. He has trained district personnel through the Sacramento County Office of Education in the teaching of Language Arts curriculum and intervention at the secondary level. Anderson earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, with an emphasis on Information Systems, from Brigham Young University in 2002, a Master’s in Education from Azusa Pacific University in 2006, and a Ph.D. in Urban Education Leadership from Claremont Graduate University in 2010.

“PUSD is honored to have these two distinguished administrators as part of the team,” shared Superintendent McDonald. “Their ability to serve as inspirational and innovative leaders at their schools is commendable. The contributions of principals Anderson and Weissenberger to PUSD and to the profession demonstrate their lifelong commitment as best practices leaders and role models.”

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