Published : Thursday, August 3, 2017 | 12:46 PM
Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Brian McDonald has named Erika Cooper as principal of Hamilton Elementary School, pending Board of Education approval. An educator with 17 years of experience, Cooper served as Hamilton’s curriculum resource teacher, language development resource teacher, and site administrative designee from 2007-2016.
“Mrs. Cooper brings expertise and innovation to her new position as principal of Hamilton Elementary School,” said Superintendent McDonald. “I’m pleased to promote her to principal to continue accelerating student achievement.”
Most recently, Cooper served as a Instructional and English Learner coach at Hamilton Elementary since 2016. She previously taught at Loma Alta Elementary as a blended inclusion teacher. She began her teaching career in 2000 at Norma Coombs Elementary, where she was the Special Day Class (SDC) teacher for grades 6-8.
“I am proud to continue to be a part of the Hamilton family at such an exciting time in its highly respected history. I see this time as an incredible opportunity to continue to build and foster our highly supportive school community,” said Cooper. “I am ever mindful of the strong foundation and traditions that Hamilton’s faculty and staff have worked so hard to build for our students and their families. The level of commitment to our students and the mission of our school by Hamilton teachers and staff, our supportive families, and incredible Pasadena community creates an unparalleled opportunity which I enthusiastically embrace.”
Cooper has a Master of Science degree in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles; a Master of Arts in Education from Claremont Graduate University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside.
Cooper was named a Teacher of Excellence by the Pasadena Rotary, and authored Hamilton’s California Distinguished School, Blue Ribbon, and Gold Ribbon Award application essays.
She replaces Frances Weissenberger, who served as principal since 2009.