New Administrative Appointments for the 2019-20 School Year

Assistant Principal, Brea Olinda High School
The BOUSD Board of Education has appointed Ms. Adrienne M. Thomas as assistant principal at Brea Olinda High School. Ms. Thomas comes to Brea from ABC Unified School District where she has served as the Dean of Students for the past four school years. Her talents at Gahr High School with ABC Unified included creating a culture of high student achievement and accountability, designing professional development programs for staff, serving on the WASC committee and supervising campus events and activities. She also serves as an Education Instructor for UCLA Extension and has worked as an Instructional Support Administrator and District Curriculum Specialist in Compton Unified.
 
Ms. Thomas is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at USC and has earned two Master’s degrees, one from Loyola-Marymount in the area of Child and Adolescent Literacy and a second in the area of Education earned from UCLA. Her undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She possesses a single subject teaching credential in English and her Administrative Services Credential. The BOHS team will benefit from her experience and compassion, coupled with high expectations for student learning, and we are excited to welcome her to the BOUSD family.
 
Assistant Principal, Brea Olinda High School
The BOUSD Board of Education also approved Mr. Eric Barrientos as assistant principal at Brea Olinda High School, where he will be rounding out the administrative team. With more than 15 years working with at-risk youth, combined with his work serving the district on the MTSS team, Mr. Barrientos has valuable experience instructing and leading diverse student populations. This, coupled with his high expectations for academic achievement and passion for secondary students, he will be a great addition to BOHS and they are excited that he will now be a Wildcat!
 
Mr. Barrientos’ educational background includes Multiple Subjects and Foundational Level math and science credentials in addition to an Administrative Services credential. He is a Cal State Fullerton Titan where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.

Alternative Education Principal, Brea Canyon High School
After three years as an assistant principal at Brea Junior High School, Ms. Kristin Risberg has been appointed by the BOUSD Board of Education as the new principal at Brea Canyon Continuation High School. Ms. Risberg began her career in education with LAUSD as a middle school teacher and has previously served in leadership roles as an Instructional Coach, provided thoughtful data-driven conversations as a Professional Learning Communities (PLC) lead, coordinated AVID, and other professional development programs. Ms. Risberg brings her experience of building student-centered educational programs coupled with her training related to restorative practices, in educating ‘at risk’ student populations to BCHS.
 
She possesses an Administrative Services and a Multiple Subjects teaching credentials. Ms. Risberg is currently a doctoral candidate attending Cal State Fullerton and earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Cal State Dominguez Hills, and her undergraduate degree from Cal State Fullerton as well, in the area of Child and Adolescent Development.
 
Administrative Director of Special Education and Student Services
The BOUSD Board of Education has appointed Mrs. Jeanine Leech as the Administrative Director of Special Education and Student Services. Jeanine Leech is no stranger to BOUSD as she has spent the last 19 years with the district. Jeanine has served in multiple capacities beginning as an instructional assistant, a teacher, a program and behavior specialist, and has been the Director of Special Education for the past 7 years. To maximize efficiencies, the new position of Administrative Director of Special Education and Student Services, was created to build a strong working relationship between special education and student support services, as the District begins to focus its efforts on Multiple Tiered Systems of Support, supporting all learners. With a passion for at risk youth, foster youth, and inclusive practices, the transition to this position allows Jeanine to utilize her knowledge and talents in these areas to address the needs of all students.
 
Jeanine has a Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science from Cal Poly Pomona, a Masters of Science in Special Education from Cal State Fullerton, and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. Mrs. Leech is currently a doctoral student at Concordia University, Oregon.
 
Coordinator, Educational Services, District Office
The BOUSD Board of Education has appointed Ms. Kristine “Kris” Ono as the new Coordinator of Educational Services under the leadership of Assistant Superintendent Kerrie Torres. Ms. Ono comes to Brea after having served most recently at Lynwood Unified School District for three years as the Coordinator of Research and Evaluation, where her responsibilities consisted of implementing Illuminate district-wide, CALPADS, AERIES, oversight of educational technology training and developing engaging professional development activities. Prior to Lynwood, she was an Intervention Facilitator at Montebello Unified School District. Ms. Ono also served as a middle school teacher for 8 years. She holds both an Administrative Services and Multiple Subjects credential and completed her educational studies at UC Santa Cruz, earning a BA degree in American Studies and Master’s Degree in Education.