Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter

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Meet Our Administrative Team

 
 
Dr. David Riddick
Director
Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School
 
Dr. David Riddick received his doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in 2011. Dr. Riddick earned a Master’s Degree from CSUN in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Riddick was an LAUSD K-6 classroom teacher for seven years, a Mentor Teacher, ELD Practicum Trainer, Thinking Maps Trainer of Trainers, GATE Coordinator, and a Technology Coordinator.
 
In 2012, Dr. Riddick played a major role in a school reform project to transform Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School (SMBCCS), a school recommended for closure by LAUSD due to a lack of student academic achievement. On May 1, 2012, the divestiture of SMBCCS as a Fenton Charter Public School was approved by consensus by the Los Angeles Board of Education. Dr. Riddick, along with ten Lead Teachers, were charged with transforming SMBCCS and developing a culture for student learning to thrive. During the first year of SMBCCS as a Fenton Charter Public School, student achievement and engagement increased significantly with a one year API gain of 65 points. The transformation of SMBCCS has received wide support from numerous stakeholders including parents, community support, traditional district schools, and charter advocates as a preventative model for schools struggling to increase student learning.
 
 
 
 
 
Sirui Thomassian
Assistant Director
Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School
 
Sirui Thomassian has strong ties to Santa Monica and the community that we serve.  Sirui is fluent in Armenian and Spanish.  She grew up in the East Hollywood area and attended nearby Ramona Elementary School as a child.  She has been an educator at Santa Monica for over 21 years.  Sirui has served Santa Monica as a Dialogue Facilitator, Mentor Teacher, and Curriculum Committee member.  
 
 
 
 
 
Monica Castañeda
Assistant Director 
Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School
 
Monica served as the principal of a TK-8th grade private school in the San Fernando Valley for five years.  Prior to being a school principal, she served her school as an assistant principal and as a classroom teacher.  Monica has experience with WASC Accreditation and school revitalized with appealing programs to increase student enrollment and in fostering a passion for learning.