Richmond Street and Center Street Elementaries Get New Leaders

El Segundo, CA 90245 – May 12, 2013 – Stepping into the newly vacated positions of Principal at both Richmond Street and Center Street Elementary schools beginning July 1, 2013, are two seasoned veterans eager to continue their careers in the student-centered El Segundo community.


Heading up the staff at Richmond Street Elementary is Ms. Liz Ramirez, whose last position was with Lawndale Elementary School District where she served as Staff Development Coordinator for ten years.  As Coordinator she was responsible for curriculum and instruction design and assessments, where she reported directly to the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.  In addition to her deep knowledge of curriculum, where most recently she began the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, Liz worked at Hawthorne School District for four years as an Instructional Specialist.


Dr. Geoff Yantz, Superintendent of El Segundo, feels confident about Ms. Ramirez stepping into the Richmond Street Elementary leadership position. “With Liz’s deep background in teaching and learning, and her involvement with the Common Core State Standards, she is well positioned to continue the work begun at Richmond Street School this past year in rolling out the Common Core State Standards across K – 5.  She is a passionate educator with a diverse set of skills who will definitely enrich the staff and culture of Richmond Street Elementary School.”  


Ms. Ramirez received her Bachelor of Arts from UC Santa Barbara and both her Master in Curriculum and Administrative Services Credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills.   A proud native of the South Bay, Ms. Ramirez is excited about her new position. “I am looking forward to joining the El Segundo family.  In my 25 years in education, my passion has always been working with students, staff, and families because of what we can accomplish when we work together. Already seeing the level of support for students from the El Segundo community, I’m appreciative for the opportunity to support and guide students to ensure they achieve at their highest levels.”


Across town at Center Street Elementary, Martha Monahan also begins her tenure as Principal July 1st.  Martha earned her BA in Journalism from the University of Arizona at Tucson, before continuing her education at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) for a Master in School Counseling and subsequently obtaining her Administrative Services Credential.


Ms. Monahan comes from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, where she was an Assistant Principal at Grant Elementary School for four years before moving to Roosevelt Elementary School as Assistant Principal.  Before that, Ms. Monahan served as a school counselor at John Adams Middle School, also in Santa Monica.


Dr. Yantz feels confident Ms. Monahan will make a seamless transition to Principal of Center Street Elementary School.  “Ms. Monahan has a strong background in leadership roles at highly performing schools in Santa Monica.  She knows what it takes to bring out the best in students and I look forward to her continuing to do just that with our students in El Segundo.”


Ms. Monahan already feels comfortable in the El Segundo small town environment.  “I grew up in Bronxville, New York, a mile square town, very similar to El Segundo, with an excellent school district, recently ranked #9 in the Northeast by Newsweek.  Families moved into the community because of the schools, so the similarities to El Segundo make me feel almost like I’m coming home.  I look forward to collaborating with teachers, students, parents and community members to enhance a school-wide climate that challenges, includes and supports all learners to recognize their personal strengths and the strengths of one another as they become 21st Century Global Citizens.”