New Roles in the Santa Clarita Valley – June/July 2018

by | May 18, 2018 | New Roles

Marguerite Berg
Program Director
Circle of Hope Inc.
Marguerite’s life-long passion is to help others. She’s earned a Master’s in Education and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She’s also received a certification as a Professional Life Coach. Initially asked to join Circle of Hope’s Board of Directors, it quickly became obvious that Margo could offer a lot more as a member of their staff. With over 20 years spent in the social services field in various capacities makes her an asset to both Circle of Hope and Hope’s Haven Cancer Wellness Center. In addition to her many years of active involvement performing several different disciplines of social work, Margo has a special passion for cancer patients and holistic healing. She will be facilitating the launching of Hope’s Haven’s classes and workshops and will act as liaison to our many volunteers and practitioners. She will also have a role in creating additional support groups.

Phillip M. Hart
Planning Commission
The City of Santa Clarita

The Santa Clarita City Council appointed Philip M. Hart to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission. Hart has been a Santa Clarita resident since 1988 and recently retired as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Logix Federal Credit Union after 28 years as a member of the senior executive team. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo and is a past member of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors. Hart was recommended to the City Council for appointment from a pool of eight applicants by a five-member advisory panel, comprised of Santa Clarita business and community leaders. Following a thorough interview process with each candidate, the panel recommended Hart to Councilman Kellar and the City Council voted unanimously to approve his appointment.

Tracie Costantino
California Institute of the Arts

CalArts has selected Tracie Costantino as its next Provost. Costantino comes to CalArts from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she was interim Provost. Costantino’s research focuses on the nature of cognition in the arts, creativity and the transformative potential of aesthetic experience as an educative event. Her interest in interdisciplinary curricula and creative learning has been supported by two grants from the National Science Foundation. In addition to being Interim Provost, Costantino also served as Associate Provost of Teaching and Learning as well as Dean of Faculty at RISD. Before that she was a tenured Associate Professor of Art Education at the University of Georgia. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston College, a Master’s from Brown University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Costantino will begin her role as CalArts’ Provost this summer and will relocate to the Los Angeles area, along with her husband, artist Daniel Barber, and their two sons, Oscar and Adam.

Dr. Colleen Hawkins
Saugus Union School District

Dr. Colleen Hawkins is the next Superintendent of the Saugus Union School District.
Dr. Hawkins’ selection is subject to a vote by the governing board to approve her employment contract at its upcoming regular meeting on May 15, 2018.
As of July 1st, Dr. Hawkins is leaving her role as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for Compton Unified School District. She has held this position since September 2015. From 2002 to 2013 Dr. Hawkins worked for Corona Norco Unified School District. She began her career in education at Fontana Unified School District as an elementary school teacher in 1993. Dr. Hawkins has a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and undergraduate degrees from California State University, San Bernardino.

Allison West
Castaic Elementary School

We congratulate Allison West as the new principal at Castaic Elementary School. She was voted unanimously by the Castaic Union School District Board of Trustees. West received her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento, teaching credential from The Master’s College, and her master’s degree and Administrative Credential from the University of La Verne.  Nineteen years ago, West began her journey with the District as a library technician, eventually becoming a teacher for first, second and fifth grades at Live Oak Elementary and Castaic Elementary. She was chosen to work at the District Office as a teacher on special assignment in 2014. After four years of doing this, West was named Administrator on Special Assignment. Here she currently oversees Title I, the Independent Study programs, as well as assisting the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. She has played an instrumental role in implementing the District’s newly adopted ELA/ELD series and the computer-based intervention program, i-Ready. She worked closely with school sites and administrators to develop the District-wide Local Accountability Plan.

Melanie Hagman
Founding Principal
Castaic High School

The William S. Hart Union High School District Governing board has unanimously approved the appointment of Melanie Hagman as the founding principal of Castaic High School. She is to begin her role as Founding Principal on July 1st, 2018. Castaic High School is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2019 for 9th graders only. Hagman currently serves as assistant principal at Hart High School. She has held this position for nearly seven years. Beginning her career as a teacher in 1996 at Byrd Middle School in the LA Unified School District. Soon after, in 2001, she moved on to Granada Hills Charter High School, where she worked as a counselor. She feels honored to be named principal of Castaic High School and looks forward to getting to know the families of the Castaic community. Her plans for the school are to make the Castaic High School something that students and families are proud of. She plans to implement unique programs that meet the needs of all of the students.
Hagman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University California Los Angeles, and has two Master’s Degrees from Cal State Los Angeles, as well as teaching, pupil personnel services and administrative credentials.