Westminster School District hires superintendent

The Westminster School District Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Cyndi Paik as the new district superintendent.

After an extensive three-month search, which included input sessions with administrators as well as an online survey of parents, community members and staff, Paik was chosen out of a highly qualified and impressive list of candidates, district officials said.

Dr. Cyndi Paik

Paik previously served as superintendent and assistant superintendent of educational services in Westminster School District. But she left the district in 2017.

In her 20 years as an educator in Orange County, she has also served as a K-12 administrative director of accountability and special programs, an elementary principal, an elementary and middle school assistant principal, a K-6 teacher and a literacy coach.

“We are pleased to bring Dr. Paik back to the District. She will support our mission and vision by creating, maintaining and supporting safe, challenging and comprehensive learning environments for each and every student,” said Board President Khanh Nguyen.

Under Dr. Paik’s leadership for two years, Westminster School District earned 12 Gold Ribbon School Awards, 10 Academic Achieving School Awards, established a GATE Magnet School and opened the first computer science magnet school in Orange County.

Paik earned a doctorate in K-12 urban leadership from University of Southern California, a master’s degree in teaching and administration from United States International University and a bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine.