Charter High School of the Arts- Multimedia and Performing arts (CHAMPS) welcomes Linda Pierce as its new principal. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Pierce has extensive experience as an educator. Pierce came to CHAMPS from the Las Virgenes Unified School District, in Calabasas, California, where she served as an English teacher at Agoura High School and Assistant Principal at Calabasas High School.
As a school administrator, Pierce planned, coordinated and conducted staff development programs on interventions, formative assessments, CST data analysis, and the Common Core State Standards. She also created an award winning intervention program: Effective Student Support: 7 Habits. This program was recognized by the California Dept. of Education as a best practice to close the achievement gap and by the California School Boards Association for innovation at the secondary level. The Association of California School Administrators published an article about the program," Beneath the Surface of High Performance", in its Leadership magazine.
Prior to working in the Las Virgenes Unified School District, Pierce served as the English department chair at Moorpark High School, in Moorpark, California. Pierce taught all levels of secondary English and AVID. She led the WASC Focus on Learning process and successfully introduced a new bell schedule that allowed teachers to organize in a Professional Learning Community (PLC). Pierce is an Intel-Microsoft Master Teacher who was awarded a $5,000 grant to infuse technology in the classroom. Her lesson plan on how to write a term paper using PowerPoint was published by Intel. She was also invited by the California Association of Teachers of English (CATE) to present at their convention. Pierce captured the Ventura County IMPACT II award for innovation for partnering elementary and high school students to aid in the writing process.
Pierce has a Master of Arts in Educational Administration with Distinction from California State University, Northridge and a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communications from Illinois State University.