FALLBROOK – After conducting a nationwide search and a lengthy process of gathering input from employees of the district and members of the community which included the review of 30 applicants recruited by Leadership Associates, the Fallbrook Union Elementary School Board is honored and excited to announce the unanimous decision to appoint Monika Hazel as the lone finalist for the position of Superintendent of Schools.
The Fallbrook Board of Trustees is expected to approve an offer of employment and contract at its regularly scheduled board meeting on June 5. The applicants included many superintendents, deputy and associate superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors, coordinators, principals, and a teacher.
With over 28 years of dedicated service in education, Hazel brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and leadership to the role. This dynamic educator initiated her impressive career in Washington, D.C., earning her BA and Teaching Credential from American University and serving as a White House Intern in the Correspondence Department.
Upon moving to San Diego, Hazel held a variety of significant roles within the San Diego Unified School District encompassing positions such as elementary classroom teacher, mentor teacher, assistant principal, principal, and principal coach. Demonstrating a strong commitment to lifelong learning, she further pursued her education, earning an MA in Educational Administration from San Diego State and a Tier II Administrative Credential from the University of San Diego's Educational Leadership and Development Program.
Dr. Stacey McRae, president of the Fallbrook Union Elementary School Board, said, "I look forward to working with the new Superintendent."
Prior to her appointment, Hazel successfully served the San Diego Unified School District as Area 4 Superintendent, supervising 30 school sites across various communities and three K-8 Language Immersion Schools. In this role, she was recently recognized by the National Center for Urban School Transformations with the National Principal Supervisor Certificate for Equity and Excellence.
Additionally, her experience as a District Office Administrator in San Marcos Unified School District and her successful tenure as principal of Richland Elementary School, where she led the school to earn multiple accolades, speaks volumes about her dedication and effectiveness as an educational leader.
Her leadership and commitment to the students, staff, and community will undoubtedly continue the FUESD's mission of providing a world-class education to all students.
Hazel said: "I am deeply honored and excited to be the finalist for the role of Superintendent of the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District. In this new chapter, my focus remains on providing every student with a world-class education that prepares them for a successful future. I am eager to collaborate with our dedicated staff, parents, and the broader community as we work together to create strong, dynamic, and adaptable systems that ensure both academic and social-emotional success for every student. This responsibility is one I hold close to my heart, and I look forward to leading with integrity, empathy, and a steadfast commitment to our school community."