La Habra City School District superintendent Dr. Joanne Culverhouse has announced her decision to retire at the end of the school year after 41 years in education.
“It brings me so much joy to watch our students grow and learn as they pursue their interests and passion,” Culverhouse wrote in a letter to the community. “Words cannot express my gratitude for the trust and confidence you have given me to serve as your superintendent. I can say, without hesitation, La Habra is the most memorable and most rewarding experience of my entire professional journey.”
Her retirement will begin July 1, she said.
The La Habra City School District is located in the northwestern part of Orange County, spanning a 5-mile area that includes the city of La Habra and parts of Brea and Fullerton. Nine schools serve approximately 5,000 students in transitional kindergarten through grade eight.
Culverhouse, who has spent the last five years as La Habra’s top administrator, was named among the Orange County Register’s 100 Most Influential people in 2018. She said she will work to support a smooth transition as the district moves forward with its search for a new superintendent.