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PVSD Announces Dr. Danielle Cortes as Superintendent

Dr. Danielle Cortes


Dr. Danielle CortesThe Pleasant Valley School District School Board has selected a new superintendent, Dr. Danielle Cortes, to oversee its 11 schools and various programs.


The Board of Trustees selected Dr. Cortes to serve as superintendent at their Regular Board meeting on May 20, 2021.  Dr. Cortes served as Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services for the Ventura Unified School District.


She will succeed Dr. Angelica Ramsey who left to lead the Midland Independent School District in Midland, Texas in February. The district has been served by Dr. Alan Rasmussen and Richard Tauer who served as co-interim superintendents and conducted the search for a new leader for PVSD.


The incoming superintendent has served students in Ventura County since 1999. She began her career as a classroom teacher in the Ocean View School District before moving to Ventura Unified. She has served as an assistant principal at both the middle and high school levels, elementary principal, elementary director, and assistant superintendent.


Dr. Cortes has a doctorate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University, a master's degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Northridge, and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from California State University, Northridge.


Dr. Cortes was selected after an in-depth interview process where she stood out as a match to the leadership profile developed by the superintendent search team after gathering input through family and community surveys, School Board and staff interviews. She is known for her strong skills in the areas of instructional leadership, her focus on collaboration and communication, and her commitment to preparing all students for the future.


She will begin with the Pleasant Valley School District on June 14, 2021.


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