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Press release from SMMUSD

June 17, 2019


CONTACT: 

Gail Pinsker 

310.450.8338, ext. 70230 

2019gpinsker@smmusd.org


SMMUSD Announces New Webster Elementary School Principal

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education approved the appointment of Lila Daruty as the new principal of Webster Elementary School in Malibu at its June 6, 2019 special board meeting. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2019.


Daruty has served as the half time assistant principal at Grant Elementary School in Santa Monica since 2014 and the half time coordinator of beginning teacher induction (BTSA) for the school district since 2013.


In her assistant principal position Daruty was involved in all administrative functions including teacher evaluations and mentoring, parent and family engagement, enrollment, attendance, discipline, curriculum, testing, general and special education, building community partnerships, working with PTA, conducting parent workshops and building and developing school culture.

As the BTSA coordinator, she supervised and trained new teachers and provided additional professional development and support for current teachers as part of a statewide program.

Prior to these leadership positions, Daruty taught at Will Rogers Learning Community and McKinley Elementary School in Santa Monica since 2004. She taught for six years prior in the Hawthorne School District. She has taught second, third, fourth and fifth grades. As a teacher, she was honored as teacher of the year and rookie of the year in the Hawthorne USD. She previously served as PTA president and also worked on school budgets, participated in school site council and is known for working to improve class and school environments by encouraging and creating positive school culture and opportunities for all students.


“I am so honored and excited about the opportunity to be principal of Webster Elementary,” Daruty said.  I look forward to working with the students, teachers and families that make up this beautiful community in Malibu. I am committed to bringing my love for learning and dedication to supporting the academic and social-emotional needs of all students. I know that through collaborative efforts we will continue to ensure Webster students become the creative and critical thinking innovators of our future.”


Daruty holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and cross-cultural language and academic development (CLAD) / multiple subject teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University; amaster’s degree in education / tier 1 credential from UCLA and completed the Principals Leadership Institute there. She earned an administrative tier 2 credential from UC Irvine.


“Lila will be a valuable addition to our Malibu leadership team” Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati said. “Wecongratulate her on her new position!”  Daruty replaces Patrick Miller, who will take the helm of Malibu High School as principal starting July 1, 2019.  As previously announced, Christopher Hertz will be the new Malibu Elementary School principal, also starting July 1st.

Upcoming PTA Events

MON 7.29

Meet Our New Principal

5pm - 7pm

Casa Escobar - Outside Patio

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MON 7.29

Meet Our New Principal

Parents and Staff:  Please join us for an informal gathering to meet Lila Daruty, Webster's new Principal!!


We've reserved Casa Escobar's outside patio and will provide coffee, Aqua Fresca and snacks.   Please let us know if you plan to stop by here:  JustRSVPme

5pm - 7pm

Casa Escobar - Outside Patio

WED 8.21

TK/K Welcome Event

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Poet's Park

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WED 8.21

TK/K Welcome Event

A special welcome for the newest members of the Webster Community!  Find your classroom, meet your teachers and enjoy some light refreshments compliments of the PTA.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Poet's Park

THU 8.22

First Day of School

8:40AM

Webster

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THU 8.22

First Day of School

See you in August!

8:40AM

Webster

FRI 8.23

5th Annual Back to School Beach Party

2:00 PM - Dusk

Zuma Beach, Tower 4

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FRI 8.23

5th Annual Back to School Beach Party

Annual BTS Meet Up at Zuma Beach (Lifeguard Tower #4) after school.  This event is organized by Webster parents for Webster Families (current & alumni)!  

2:00 PM - Dusk

Zuma Beach, Tower 4

SAT 8.31

Hoe Down (Fundraising Parent-Hosted Party)

7pm - Later

The Adam's Ranch

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SAT 8.31

Hoe Down (Fundraising Parent-Hosted Party)

Get your ticket, grab your cowboy hat and boots.  It’s the 2nd annual Webster Backyard Hoe Down, Throw Down.  Food – Drinks – Live Country Music – Dancing – Just $60/ticket.


Last year’s event was a hoot and a holler with good friends, new friends and crazy times.  This year we’re kickin’ it at the start of the school year to catch up after the summer.  And let’s face it, by Saturday, you will need a break from the chili cookoff!  


Here’s what people said about last year’s Hoe Down:  “Epic Party” - “Amazing Party and Successful Fundraiser” - “That party was the bomb” -“Super-Fun” -“The Band Rocked!” -“Let’s make this a tradition!”


Get your tickets here:  Hoe Down Tix

7pm - Later

The Adam's Ranch

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