Claudia Godlewski, Downtown Value School's New PrincipalWe are happy to announce that Mrs. Claudia Godlewski has accepted the position of principal for Downtown Value School. Mrs. Godlewski grew up near DVS in our Pico-Union neighborhood; she earned a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University. She is currently working on a doctorate in education in curriculum, instruction and assessment at Walden University.  Since 2013 to the present, Mrs. Godlewski served as the principal at St. Joseph Elementary School in Pomona where she successfully led her veteran faculty through the transition to the Common Core State Standards. Before becoming principal in 2013, she served St. Joseph's as vice principal and junior high school teacher.  Started her career in education as a teacher assistant in an ELD program at Washington Irving Middle School.  We are excited to welcome her back into our community!

As principal, she communicated the vision, set high expectations for students and educators, ensured accountability, created and managed the budget and lastly, was present to all members of the school community. 

Mrs. Claudia Godlewski, our new Downtown Value School Principal, will deliver the same type commitment and dedication she demonstrated at her previous school.

As the instructional leader, she supervised the academic program, evaluated lesson plans, observed classes and encouraged the use of a variety of instructional strategies consistent with current research on learning and child development based on the Common Core State Standards. She believes in leading a team under the same principles that we do at Value Schools and believes that every decision made should be at the center of our students' needs.

Based on her experience, her core values, and her recommendations, we believe Mrs. Godlewski will deliver the same type commitment and dedication she demonstrated at her previous school. We look forward to her sharing that passion with the children, families and staff at Downtown Value School!

In the next few weeks, Mrs. Godlewski will be working with key leads and develop a transitional plan which would allow her to meet each of you, hear your ideas, and share her vision for the school. We are grateful to the staff, faculty and parents who served on the principal search committee. Your questions, insights, honest feedback and generous collaboration were invaluable throughout this process.


Gerry Jacoby, Ana Chavez, and David Doyle

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Los Angeles, CA 90015
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668 South Catalina St.
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