Sara Noguchi, Ed.D currently holds the position of Interim Superintendent at Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) in California. She has worked in the field of education for over 20 years focusing predominately on high needs populations. She earned her Doctorate degree in Education Leadership focusing on the Professional Development needs of secondary school principals.Her doctorate studies focused on developing a deeper understanding of the adult learner and identifying the diverse professional development needs of secondary principals.
Over the past 20 years, she has served principalships in high poverty communities. She worked in the professional development division during the time when California State Standards were first introduced to the state. As a result, she has witnessed how critical leadership is when initiating large scale change processes. She has worked and supported both the California Department of Education and the Sacramento County Office of Education in a variety of ways to assist with the deep implementation of the California Common Core State Standards.
In the past two years, her work had focused primarily on supporting principals in leading change at their school sites and supporting the SCUSD Priority School initiative. SCUSD’s Priority Schools are an innovative “Turnaround” model initiated by Superintendent Jonathan Raymond in 2010. Sara holds her Doctor’s in Education, and her Masters of Curriculum and Instruction.