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About & Contacts

Instructional Services Contacts


Curriculum and Assessment

Professional Development - for Teachers Staff

Director of Curriculum/Assessment
Brian Simmons

(650) 558-2212



English Language Development

Manager, EL & Compliance Program
Samia Shoman

(650) 558-2233



School to Career

School to Career Coordinator
Anna Liu (650) 558-2270

Middle College

Principal/Director of Student Services
Don Scatena (650) 558-2258




About the Instruction Department

The SMUHSD Instruction Department provides direction, oversight and support for the following areas across our district:

  • Curriculum and Instructional Services
  • Professional Development
  • Assessment
  • English Language Development (ELD)

We coordinate curriculum councils in all subject areas in which teacher leaders meet monthly to continuously improve curriculum and instruction.

Curriculum Council's
Each curriculum council plans professional development activities including an annual professional development day, oversees common assessments, recommends textbooks for adoption and shares best instructional practices and resources.

Curriculum and Instruction Council
Our Curriculum and Instruction Council leads and coordinates the work of all the curriculum councils and consists of district administrators, site principals and teacher leaders designated as curriculum coordinators.

Our overarching goal is to assist our schools in maximizing the academic potential of all of our students and closing student performance achievement gaps.