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Our Team


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Dr. Hamilton, Superintendent
Dr. Betsy Hamilton


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Marina Sandoval

Executive Assistant

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Enrique Pivaral - Communications Officer
Enrique Pivaral

Communications Officer

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Welcome to the Superintendent's Dept.

Students are the center of every decision we make in Lawndale Elementary School District. We provide our students with a high quality education, preparing them for success and opening the doors to college and careers. We collaborate across departments and schools to fulfill our moral imperative: to be champions for equity and access for all! Equity means making evidence-based decisions to ensure the fair allocation of resources. Equity allows for everyone to have just and fair access to the same opportunities—which leads to brighter futures for everyone!


Our moral imperative guides us in achieving our district goals:


  • Increasing Academic Achievement

  • Ensuring Access and Equity

  • Improving Parent and Student Engagement

  • Providing 21st Century Learning Environments


At LESD, our staff maintains a clear and coherent focus on creating a learning environment in which all of our students will be college and career-ready. We provide a school culture that makes our students feel safe, welcome, and happy to be at school.


Ensuring student happiness and academic success requires family engagement. Active parents can help ensure their students take full advantage of our quality programs and educational resources.  We encourage all parents to maintain regular communication with teachers and to provide a home atmosphere that supports, expects, and demands academic excellence.


Our purpose at LESD is to provide our students with the education and resources that will pave the road towards brighter futures. Working together, we can guarantee that all students have the necessary academic, social, and emotional foundations for them to open a world of opportunities in the future. 

About Dr. Hamilton

Dr. Betsy Hamilton serves as the Superintendent of the Lawndale Elementary School District, where she previously served eight years as the Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services.


She began her educational career in 1990 as a bilingual teacher in East Los Angeles.  She has worked in five school districts in California, holding a variety of teaching and leadership positions, including two principal positions and directorships in Student Services, Categorical Programs, and Curriculum and Staff Development.  Dr. Hamilton has been a steadfast belief in the power of education to change life trajectories. She has an unwavering commitment to equity and access and to creating the conditions for all to reach their potential. 


Prior to her career in education, Dr. Hamilton worked in Los Angeles as a Union Representative and Health Services Division Director for Service Employees International Union, and a Union Representative for the Union of American Physicians and Dentists.  She has a commitment to fair labor practices, healthy families, workplaces and communities.


She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz, master’s degrees in Education Administration from San José State University and Labor Relations from the University of Massachusetts, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.   She is married to Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor at University of Southern California, with whom she has two children, Joaquin and Anna Eliza.