June 28, 2016 – The Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) is pleased to announce that Mrs. Rachelle R. Montoya has been appointed as the new Director of Curriculum and Instruction. In this role, Mrs. Montoya will direct efforts to successfully develop, organize, and administer all District curriculum and instruction for learning in an effort to continue to raise student achievement across the District. She will replace Mr. Mark Luque, who was recently appointed by BCSD as the new Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. Mrs. Montoya will begin her new role on July 1, 2016.
Mrs. Montoya brings nearly two decades of experience in education to this position. In her most recent role, she served as Principal of Pauly Elementary for nine years, where she was responsible for the development, organization, and implementation of instructional goals and objectives to improve and promote student academic achievement at the school site. During her tenure, her school became a pilot school for response to intervention, successfully providing targeted intervention and support to other schools. Mrs. Montoya also worked with the District office to improve and create new initiatives for Pauly’s after school program to include enrichment activities such as dancing, gardening, and mural painting. In addition, under Mrs. Montoya’s leadership, Pauly went through a complete remodel of the campus with the implementation of new technology and the creation of a student facilitated garden.
Mrs. Montoya began her career in education at BCSD as an elementary school teacher in 1997 at Pauly Elementary School, and a year later, she moved to Williams Elementary. After six years in the classroom, she took on roles at the District office to further support and promote the curriculum and standards of District schools, specifically in the area of developing and implementing reading instructional materials and curriculum throughout the District. She served as Academic Coach, Program Specialist, and Supervisor for the Reading First Program, before moving back to Pauly as Principal in 2008.
“We are excited to welcome Rachelle Montoya to her new role as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for BCSD. She has continually demonstrated a passion for raising student achievement, and we look forward to her work in this new capacity to continue to propel our organization forward as a leader in education,” said Mr. Mark Luque, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at BCSD.
As Director of Curriculum and Instruction for BCSD, Mrs. Montoya will be responsible for planning and administering PreK-8 curriculum and instruction programs; developing and administering budgets for curriculum development; and initiating and supervising improvement of curriculum, including the development of standards, implementation of programs to improve student performance in basic skills, and planning and implementation of pilot programs.
“I’m honored and humbled that the District would consider me for this role. I look forward to continuing the work that Mr. Luque laid the foundation for so that we can better serve the students at BCSD and provide support to teachers, principals, and staff that is targeted to reaching student academic achievement and success,” said Mrs. Montoya.
Mrs. Montoya received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Bakersfield, her Reading Certificate from UCLA, and both her Master of Arts in Educational Management and Administrative Services Credential from the University of La Verne, where she currently works as an Adjunct Professor in the area of Teacher Education. She is also very active in the education community and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Point Loma Nazarene University and as a member of the Learning to Teach Committee of the California Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Induction.