Huntington Beach City School District Taps New Superintendent
Four days after the New Year, the Huntington Beach City School District will welcome a new superintendent. Leisa Winston, deputy superintendent of human resources and instructional services for the Laguna Beach Unified School District, has been selected for the job. She will replace Interim Supt. Greg Magnuson.
Winston has held her current position since July 2019. She previously served as Laguna Beach’s assistant superintendent of human resources and public communications. She has also worked for the Westminster School District and the Capistrano Unified School District. She holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from Eastern Michigan University, a master’s of education from Oakland University, and a doctor of education degree from Brandman University. She was named Region 17 Personnel Administrator of the Year by the Assn. of California School Administrators in 2020.
"I’m really excited to work with the board and community,” said Winston, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times. “Huntington Beach City is a really highly regarded school district with quality schools. They already have remarkable student achievement, so I’m just excited to start working with the staff, community and the board to really get a sense of what their vision is for what the school district could be. It’s a challenging time with everything going on, but I’m really excited about the opportunity.”