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CUSD Appoints Four New Administrators
Posted 6/8/21

Media Advisory
June 9, 2021
Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees
Appoints Four New Administrators
Appointees include three school principals and an assistant superintendent.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – The Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) has
appointed three school principals and one new assistant superintendent, with all roles effective
July 1, 2021.
Cary L. Johnson, Ed.D. will fill the new position of Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and
Instruction, Education and Support Services.
The position was created to support the Board and
superintendent’s goal of restructuring the Education and Support Services Department to increase
efficiency and enhance District support of social, emotional, and academic support for all students.
Johnson joins CUSD from the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD), where
he filled several leadership roles over the past 10 years.
Jamie Goodwyn has been appointed Principal of Marblehead Elementary School. She joins
CUSD from the Ocean View School District (OVSD), where she has served as a principal for the
past nine years. Goodwyn has a total 19 years of elementary education experience, and has been a
teacher, a school counselor, and an assistant principal. Goodwyn also has experience with Title 1
Compliance, School Site Council, developing an enhanced STEAM-focused elementary school,
increasing student enrollment, and increasing family involvement.
Michael Hatcher has been appointed Principal of Aliso Niguel High School, where he’s served
as interim principal for the past year.
Hatcher has been a site administrator in CUSD for the past
eight years. He worked closely with staff, students, and parents to continue a focus on high
achievement despite obstacles created by the pandemic. Prior to that role, he served as the
Guidance Assistant Principal for five years, during which time he oversaw curriculum and
instruction, staff-wide professional development, school-wide communication and
implementation of the Professional Learning Community process.
Shari Nelson has been appointed Principal of Castille Elementary School, where she has served
for the past year as interim principal.
Nelson has been with CUSD for 11 years as a classified,
certificated, and administrative staff member. Nelson has created professional learning
opportunities in many topics including curriculum and instruction and behavior management. She
also has evaluated, supervised, and counseled both certificated and classified staff; and overseen
general and special education programs and the facilitation of Professional Learning Communities.