Board of Education Selects New Superintendent

The Board of Education of the El Segundo Unified School District approved the employment contract of Melissa Moore as the Superintendent of Schools, replacing Dr. Geoff Yantz who assumed the same position in the South Pasadena Unified School District in March.  Moore received a three year contract which calls for her to begin her new position on July 1. 


Ms. Moore received her Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies from University of Redlands and her Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Reading and Language Arts from California State University Los Angeles. Moore, who is scheduled to complete her Doctorate of Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California in July, has a background in employee-employer relations, community and educational foundations and student instruction, including the International Baccalaureate program that was implemented in the El Segundo Middle School three years ago.  


Ms. Moore began her educational career as a teacher in the Glendale Unified School District she taught elementary grades with significant experience in English Language development. After Glendale she moved to Yucaipa-Calimesa where she was employed as a teacher, assistant principal, elementary and middle school principal before assuming her current responsibilities as  the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in 9,000 student Yucaipa-Calimesa district seven years ago.   


After twice interviewing Moore for approximately 3 hours, the Board members spent a day in her current school district meeting with and interviewing  parents, teachers' union leaders, non-teaching employee leaders, city personnel, community members, school principals and foundation representatives confirming Moore’s community involvement and leaderships abilities. 

Moore has been recognized for her leadership and community involvement as the 8th Congressional District Woman of Distinction, First District Recognition of Leadership, by the City of Yucaipa City Council with a Certificate of Commendation and the California Human Resources Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators. 


Moore stated that the El Segundo Unified School District has an outstanding reputation which drew her to apply for the top spot.  She is honored to be associated with such a highly respected district and Board of Education.