Published : Thursday, July 20, 2017 | 4:24 PM
The Pasadena Unified School District has announced the appointment of former Teacher of the Year Nicole Ann Duquette as the new principal for McKinley’s K-8 School.
Duquette is a 18-year educator and joins PUSD from the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, according to Julianne Reynoso, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education at PUSD
Duquette has been a high school assistant principal since 2010, serving at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, and formerly at Sandra Day O’Connor High School and Boulder Creek High School, where she expanded student enrollment in college preparatory courses, increased student scores in the Advanced Placement program, and implemented a one-to-one technology initiative campus wide.
In 2009-2010, she was named Teacher of the Year for Deer Valley Unified School District and continued to mentor teachers and administrators in best practices in Common Core implementation and effective use technology to ensure 21st century readiness for students across the TK-12 district.
“My love for the arts and my deeply rooted commitment to ensuring that all students are ready to excel in their next steps in life inspire me as the next leader of McKinley School,” Duquette said in a statement. “Our school will develop students who not only feel safe and loved, but can also thrive in an innovative learning environment where they feel confident in taking on this great big world around them.”
Duquette has also led district-wide committees in advanced academics, teacher evaluation, and the visual and performing arts. Before becoming a high school assistant principal for instruction, she taught both elementary special education and high school social studies courses. Before moving into TK-12 education, she also served as the graduate program coordinator for the School of Art at Arizona State University.
Duquette has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Journalism and in Political Science from Arizona State University. She earned her administrative credential in 2006 through Northern Arizona University, which transferred as a clear credential in California when she moved to Los Angeles County in 2016.
Duquette was raised in Fairbanks Alaska and spent the previous 17 years in Phoenix, Arizona.
Reynoso also thanked the outgoing principal at McKinley, Dr. Charles Heaton, for his support and professionalism throughout his two-year leadership journey.
Heaton resigned in June to accept a new position outside of PUSD.