New Roles in the Santa Clarita Valley – Aug/Sept 2019
Director of Special Education
William S. Hart Union High School District
Following her 11 years at the Saugus Union School District, as well as an award for Teacher of the Year in 2013, Joanna White was appointed to be the new director of special education within the William S. Hart School District. White enters the new position with over a decade of experience within the education system here in Santa Clarita alone, in addition to her time spent as an elementary school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Her knowledge of policy, paired with her years of involvement with the education system, brought forth a unanimous vote to usher her into a new position and, subsequently, a “new era of leadership”, as stated by the deputy superintendent for the Hart District. White’s commitment to bettering the educational experience of her students is a testament to her dedication to furthering the success of special education students everywhere.
Dr. John MacArthur
The Master’s University
In a transition that began on June 28th, John MacArthur, who served as the previous president of The Master’s University for 33 years, took on his new role as chancellor of the TMU and president of the seminary. In this new position, MacArthur will continue to service the university through meaningful spiritual guidance and personal mentorship with students, and will help foster a community of trust, faith, and honor as he continues to play a key part in the university’s continued growth and development. After serving as president for over three decades, in addition to his previous tenure as counselor, administrator, and professor, MacArthur enters his new journey as chancellor and president of the seminary with a dedication to the prosperity of the TMU community, with a total of 49 years of service to the university in the scope of his experience.
Circle of Hope Inc.
Alexander Hafizi has been working with Circle of Hope since 2014 in various positions, and plans to really make his term one for the books. Circle of Hope is a non-profit organization that supports patients with many facets to include financial, emotional and educational services. Inspired by his late uncle who lost his battle with cancer, Alexander saw firsthand how this devastating diagnosis takes a huge toll on patients and their families. He joined the board and has played an instrumental role along with the entire COH team to grow the organization’s reach. Alexander has co-chaired major fundraisers like Vine 2 Wine and The Afternoon Tea while helping to create new ones like the inaugural Hoedown for Hope BBQ competition set for September 14! “I look forward to continuing Circle of Hope’s mission and working with the community at large to better serve our patients,” says Alexander.
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