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Superintendent of Schools
Raul Maldonado was named Superintendent of Schools for the Palmdale School District in May 2014. Previously, he served as Superintendent of the McFarland Unified School District, Kern County. Mr. Maldonado is excited to return to the Palmdale School District where he served as Director of the Biliteracy Department and subsequently as Director of Student Assessment and Accountability.

Mr. Maldonado is well known throughout California as an innovative and inspirational leader. He is experienced in transforming school and district culture and has a proven record of improving student achievement. He sets high expectations, strategically allocates resources, and provides continuous support and multiple opportunities for collaboration, and he holds high expectations for all stakeholders. He believes all students should receive the best educational opportunities utilizing a rigorous curriculum delivered using effective research-based strategies and 21st century skills that will prepare students to be successful and to graduate college and be career ready. Recently, Mr. Maldonado has been working on developing “Pathways” by collaborating with high school programs.

Superintendent Maldonado has received many accolades during his illustrious career. He has been the featured speaker and presented in many conferences throughout the state, including Online Assessment Reporting System (OARS), California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE), and California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA). He has been recognized by several professional organizations for his leadership and for his work on behalf of the students in California. He has even collaborated with Disney Productions on the filming of “McFarland”, a movie scheduled for release in November and which features an exceptional teacher who goes to extraordinary efforts on behalf of his students in McFarland.

Mr. Maldonado has been an Antelope Valley resident since 1994. He is very involved in the community and enjoys working with community members, parents and students. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Isabel, for 22 years. Together they have four children, two in college and two attending Highland High School. His four children attended elementary school in the Palmdale School District and completed the Dual Language program at Los Amigos School through eighth grade.

Mr. Maldonado received his Bachelor Degree and Master’s Degree from California State University, Los Angeles. He holds a Multiple Subject Credential and a Clear Administrative Services Credential from the same university.

Acting-Assistant Superintendent Human Resources
Kathleen M. Sanchez will join the Palmdale School District as the Acting Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources effective February 9, 2015.  Ms. Sanchez has extensive experience as an educational leader, most recently as the Department of Defense Educational Activities Educational Operations Chief for the Kentucky District, which encompasses the states of Kentucky and Tennessee.  Also, she has served as the Civilian Personnel Chief for the United States Army Medical Department Activity Fort Knox and Ireland Army Community Hospital. Prior to Kentucky and Tennessee, she served as an Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in Riverside, California.

Ms. Sanchez earned her Bachelor of Science from California Baptist University.  Also, she has earned two Master of Arts in Education from Chapman University.  Her first Master of Arts is in the area of Curriculum and Instruction and the second is in Educational Administration.  Currently, she is completing her Ph.D. dissertation in Educational Leadership from Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky.  Her experience includes serving as a teacher and administrator at the elementary and secondary levels, as well as, a university adjunct professor.  She is a lifetime member of the International Honor Society in Education Kappa Delta Pi and is very proud to have been awarded the Department of the Army Achievement Medal.  

Assistant Superintendent Educational Services

Mrs. Hall is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, honor society of California State University Northridge.  She has attended and received certification in advanced leadership training at UCLA, Arthur Anderson Graduate School of Management & Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.  Additionally, she has just completed a 20 session ACSA Academy in School Business and Finance. She is currently serving as ACSA Region 15 Representative for the South for Curriculum and Instruction.


She is a 35 year veteran educator that has had a career of varied experiences. Prior to coming to Palmdale School District in 2009, she was a principal of a K-5 elementary school in Los Angeles Unified School District.  Her experiences in the field of education include: teacher of 14 years, Gifted Magnet School Coordinator, Curriculum Specialist, LAUSD District Reading Program Coordinator, Principal and current position of Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Palmdale School District. 


When not at work, Mrs. Hall enjoys interior decorating and cooking.  She is a member of the Kiwanis of Palmdale West and participates in the volunteer efforts of the club.


This is her sixth year serving the Palmdale School District. It has been a rewarding experience. She looks forward to working together collegially with all members of the District and we move forward in our quest for improving student achievement and closing the achievement gaps for all learners in our district.
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Assistant Superintendent Special Education/Student Services

Dr. John Porter is a second generation employee of the Palmdale School District. His mother, the late Carolyn Porter, was a long-time 1st and 2nd grade teacher at Manzanita School. Dr. Porter attended both Manzanita School and Juniper School before being promoted to Palmdale High School, where he was elected freshman class president and later, president of the Associated Student Body.


After high school, Dr. Porter attended Antelope Valley College, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach. For graduate studies, Dr. Porter earned a Master of Arts degree in Special Education from California State University, Northridge. He later earned a Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California, where he was honored for academic excellence by being inducted as a lifetime member into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.


Prior to his appointment as Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Porter served the District as a Special Education teacher, A Special Education Program Specialist, an Assistant Principal and Special Education Director.


Dr. Porter is active in the community and serves on the boards of directors for the Palmdale West Kiwanis Club (where he is also Vice President) and the Lancaster Performing Arts Center Foundation. Additionally, he is a lifetime member of the Friends of the Palmdale City Library (and a former director), a member of the Palmdale Sheriffs Boosters and is a former Board of Directors member of the Antelope Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.


Lastly, Dr. Porter was recognized by the Association of California State Administrators (ACSA) as the 2011 Special Education Administrator of the Year for Region 15. More recently, Dr. Porter was honored in 2012 by being inducted into the Palmdale High School Hall of Fame.
Chief Leadership Officer

Born and raised in Palmdale, Dr. Stacy Love Bryant, attended Maryott Elementary and Sage Intermediate before graduating from Palmdale High School in 1977. Dr. Bryant earned an Associate of Arts degree from Antelope Valley College, her Bachelor of Arts from Fresno State, and her Master of Science from University of LaVerne. She completed her doctoral studies in Organizational Leadership finishing her dissertation study on student transition from 8thto 9th grade.


Dr. Bryant was hired as a teacher at Palmdale High School in 1985, worked as a guidance counselor at Lancaster HighSchool, served as principal of Highland High School, and finished her 25 year career with AVUHSD as the Director of Student Services. She transitioned to the Palmdale School District July 1, 2010 as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. In July, 2011 she was named the District's Chief Leadership Officer.


Dr. Bryant is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Palmdale West and has served as a board member, secretary and president. She sits on the Antelope Valley College Foundation Board and currently serves as president-elect. Dr. Bryant has received many accolades during her twenty-eight year career in education including a Distinguished Service Award and a Special Service Award from the Antelope Valley Union High School District. Additionally, Highland High School was named a California Distinguished School under her principal leadership. Dr. Bryant was inducted into the Palmdale High School Hall of Fame (2008) and Antelope Valley College Whit Carter Hall of Fame (1991). As a student athlete at Antelope Valley College she won the Central California Conference singles tennis championship (1978 & 1979) and the Conference doubles championship (1979) and was named Most Valuable Player both seasons. She coached the only Women's Tennis Championship Team at Antelope Valley College in 1986.

Chief Business Officer
Teresa Santamaria was born and raised in the Philippines. She attended Polytechnic University of the Philippines for her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, PAH (Professional Accelerated Honors Program), with emphasis in Accounting, and Ateneo De Manila Graduate School of Business for her Master’s Degree in Business Administration. A consistent honor student from elementary to university level, she graduated Valedictorian in High School and Cum Laude in College.

Ms. Santamaria is a licensed CPA (Certified Public Accountant) in California. She has several years audit and management services experience with Ernst and Young Global, and a local CPA firm specializing in financial, operational, compliance and fraud audits of school districts, community colleges, Regional Occupational Programs (ROPs), Special Education consortiums, and other local agencies.

In addition to her audit experience, Ms. Santamaria worked as a Controller for a private school in Beverly Hills for five years. Her school district experience includes being a Fiscal Services Director, Deputy Controller, Controller, and Associate Superintendent for Business and Administrative Services for large school districts such as Santa Ana USD, Los Angeles USD, Compton USD and Salinas UHSD. She joins Palmdale School District as its Chief Business Officer. 

Last Modified on July 30, 2015