Ondrea Reed, the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for the Los Alamitos Unified School District, has been selected as the 2019 Assistant Superintendent of the Year in Curriculum and Instruction for all of Orange County.
Reed was honored by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), which chose her over nominees from the 26 other school districts in Orange County, for demonstrating exceptional leadership in managing school programs; commitment to educational quality and student achievement; commitment to professional growth; and creativity and innovation in dealing with issues and problems facing public education.
Mrs. Reed was also named the District’s Administrator of the Year for 2019 for her belief and commitment to helping all students thrive in our schools, mentoring of site leaders, and broad expertise at the District level.
Reed has worked in the district since 2007 as a Teacher on Special Assignment, Arts Advantage Coordinator, Program Director of the Los Alamitos Education Foundation, Assistant Principal at McGaugh Elementary, and Principal of Hopkinson Elementary before joining the district administrative team.
In nominating Reed for the award, Superintendent Dr. Sherry Kropp called her “a champion for all students. She believes that educational quality begins with academic equity and access for all students with the guarantee of college and career readiness.”
Kropp described Reed as a leader who brilliantly handles the day-to-day operations of her department and the district and works to enhance the district’s culture of excellence.
“She always places the needs of students as the number one priority,” Kropp said. “Through determination and expertise, she and her teams push past the status quo to ensure all students have the opportunity to succeed. She holds herself to the highest standard when making decisions that affect students and helps teams focus on garnering the same outcomes for all kids that they would want for their own children.”
In a presentation at the district board meeting recognizing Reed, President Diana Hill praised Reed as “an amazing professional who cares deeply for our students in their education and everything that goes along with it.”
Reed told the board that the district’s vision of unlimited possibilities for all students “resonates with me. I know the power of someone believing in you and that there truly is an unlimited possibility in front of you.”
Reed also praised Kropp and Hill as two of the “real strong women” who have mentored her during her career “and allowed me to be creative and innovative and have given me priceless opportunities to impact the lives of children.”
Reed will be recognized at the ACSA Administrator of the Year Banquet on May 13, 2019 at the Irvine Marriott Hotel.