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Ellen Dougherty


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Welcome to the Superintendent's Dept.


Parent engagement is of utmost importance to us.  In addition to encouraging students’ learning at home and school, parents are invited to volunteer throughout the schools.  Family nights and parent education events are presented at school sites to strengthen our home-to-school relationships.


The Local Control Funding Formula and the Local Control Accountability Plan have given us the funds to provide new and/or improved services based on the needs of our students.  We offer all-day kindergarten and a teacher/student ratio of 24 to 1 in all grades TK-3.  We have added Social Workers, Community Liaisons, English Learner Specialists, Math Coaches, 5th grade PE Teachers and many other services to support our students and families.

As we continue to move forward with passion and purpose, we are encouraged and grateful for the help and support provided by numerous community partners. We have been fortunate to create incredible partnerships in the areas of academics to benefit the social, emotional, and physical wellness of our students. These partners play an important role as we all pool our resources to ensure the success of students.  As Helen Keller said, "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."


Ellen Dougherty, Ed.D.

About Dr. Dougherty

Dr. Ellen Dougherty is currently in her eighth year as the Superintendent of Schools of the Lawndale Elementary School District. Dr. Dougherty also served as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Lawndale. She came to Lawndale from the position of Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services for South Pasadena Unified School District where she was also a principal and teacher at the elementary level. Dr. Dougherty received a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of LaVerne, doing thesis work on the development of professional learning communities as a means of improving student achievement. During her time at LESD, Dr. Dougherty has worked collaboratively to implement a rigorous standards-based curriculum to prepare students for the 21st century. Dr. Dougherty has served as the President of the Association of Low Wealth Schools, was the Chairperson of the Southwest SELPA Superintendents' Council, and is presently serving as the Vice President of the State ACSA Superintendency Council.