The La Habra City School District has announced its next superintendent.
Dr. Mario A. Carlos, who’s been serving the district in various roles for over 20 years, is expected to take over as chief administrator on July 1, pending Board of Education approval at the upcoming Feb. 10 meeting. Carlos will succeed Dr. Joanne Culverhouse, who last month announced her plans to retire at the end of the school year.
“I am honored and humbled to have been chosen as the new superintendent of the La Habra City School District,” said Carlos. “I look forward to continuing to support our families and staff, and work with our Board of Education to lead our moral imperative of empowering students.”
Carlos currently serves as LHCSD’s associate superintendent of human resources and has spent the majority of his career serving the students and community of La Habra. He was hired by the district in 2000 and has previously served as a fifth grade teacher, middle school language arts teacher, middle school principal and director of communications and special programs.
LHCSD district officials characterize Carlos as a systematic problem solver with a genuine love for his community.
“Dr. Carlos’ knowledge of our district, his extensive background in education, and his dedication to the children and families of our community make him the ideal choice,” said LHCSD Board President Cynthia Aguirre. “I look forward to working with him in his new capacity and I am confident he will be an amazing leader for our school district.”
Carlos earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology, with a minor in Chicano Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, a multiple subject teaching credential from California State University, San Bernardino, and a masters of arts in pupil personnel services/counseling at Azusa Pacific University. He also holds a second master’s degree in education administration from the University of California, Los Angeles and a doctorate of education from California State University, Fullerton.