ACSA is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the United States, serving more than 17,000 California educators. As the leading professional association for education leaders in the nation, ACSA honors exceptional leadership through its annual awards programs.
Nominated for the award by ESUSD Superintendent Melissa Moore, Janicek was commended by her colleagues, superiors, students and parents for her transformational leadership, her infectious can-do attitude, her exemplary technology practices, and recognized as “a natural team-builder, communicator and collaborator.”
“ESUSD is a high achieving school district directly due to Marisa Janicek's leadership and dedication,” said Moore. It is through such consensus-building efforts that all ESUSD schools have earned significant recognition during her tenure: six years of accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, California Department of Education's Golden Ribbon School Awards, the California School Boards Association Golden Bell Award and an Apple Distinguished School Award.
“Janicek’s leadership facilitated the growth and recognition of the El Segundo Unified School District as an esteemed and award-winning school district that prepares educated, productive, compassionate citizens to meet the challenges of a global society in the 21st Century,” said Moore.
Currently serving as executive director of educational services for the district, Janicek has also served as principal of Arena High School since 2013. She previously was principal of Center Street Elementary School, and assistant principal and categorical coordinator at Richmond and Center Street School. She began her career in education as an elementary teacher in the Campbell Union School District in 1997.
Active in the local community, Janicek is a current member of the El Segundo Kiwanis, El Segundo Education Foundation, El Segundo Middle School and Center Street PTAs, and the National Charity League. The Center Street School PTA honored her with a Very Special Person Award in 2008.
El Segundo Middle School Principal Jack Plotkin was named the ACSA Region 14 Middle Grades Principal of the Year in 2016.
About the El Segundo Unified School District
The El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) was established in 1912 to serve all of the residents living in the City of El Segundo and covers the western part of the city. ESUSD consists of six schools including the Eagle’s Nest Preschool, Richmond Street and Center Street Elementary Schools, El Segundo Middle School, El Segundo High School and the Arena/Virtual High School, as well as partnerships with the South Bay Adult School and California Regional Occupational Center (SoCal ROC).