The Cambrian

L.A. educator selected as Coast Union High School principal

The North Coast has a new high school principal. Jonathan Sison’s contract with Coast Union High School began July 1, after Coast Unified School District board members unanimously approved it June 26.

However, according to district staff, Sison is in the midst of moving to this area, so he may not yet be readily accessible at work.

The new school leader was selected in a vetting interview process conducted in late May by the new superintendent, Victoria Schumacher, and interim Superintendent Rich Malfatti.

According to his résumé, Sison, 49, comes to the Cambria school from the Social Justice Schools: Global Issues Academy at the Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School in Los Angeles, where he had been principal since 2011.

Before taking that post, Sison was coordinator of response to instruction and intervention from 2001 to 2009 for Los Angeles Unified School District. His other teaching, literacy coach and administrative experience, mostly in the Los Angeles area, began in 1987, but it also includes two years as an English teacher in Japan.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree from UCLA, where he was an English major, a master of education degree from Loyola Marymount University, majoring in school administration, and a doctorate in education, also from LMU, with a major in educational leadership for social justice.

Sison replaces Wade Lawrence, who, after two years as high school principal, decided in May to return to teaching at the campus where he’d been an instructor of social science for nearly two decades. Lawrence’s last day as principal was June 30.