Meet Superintendent Christi Barrett, Ph.D.
Dear HUSD Families and Community,
I am excited to welcome students back for the 2022-2023 school year on Tuesday, August 9th, as we continue our mission of embracing, educating, and empowering every student, every day. Our district has been hard at work this summer with thoughtful preparations to welcome students back to safe and inviting learning environments. Much of our focus has been on developing programs and resources to support our efforts in the areas of literacy, absenteeism and as always, safety. The overall well-being, safety and academic success of our students remains our top priority as a district.
These areas will drive our focus and much of our work this year. We have done an overhaul in the area of Literacy, implementing systems that promote best practices and build capacity of our teachers and leaders. We are committed to seeing our students thrive and look forward to partnering with our families and community as we continue to prepare our students for excellence in higher education and in the workforce. Our collective efforts truly make a difference in the educational experience of our students.
As we get closer to the first day of school, I also want to take this opportunity to convey some important information you should make note of:
- Parent Square: We have launched Parent Square, an exciting new app that will facilitate communications between school sites, the district and parents. You will receive an email from your school site that invites you to download the app.
- Bell Schedules: Please note that due to the implementation of SB 328, our Bell Schedules have changed. You can find the 2022-2023 bell schedule here.
- Hemet Dual Language Academy: We are proud to announce the opening of Hemet Dual Language Academy! Dual language programs offer students the opportunity to develop language proficiency and literacy in two languages. Enrollment at HDLA is closed for the 2022-23 school year. You can find more information about this school here.
- Wellness & Community Outreach Center: Our Wellness & Community Outreach Center (WCOC) provides a wide range of services and resources for our HUSD community. Please reach out to them for support in areas of behavioral & mental health, physical wellness & health services, family support programs & family engagement opportunities. You can find more info here.
- Expanded Learning Opportunities Program: We are proud to share that we have created more before and after school enrichment services through our Expanded Learning Opportunities Program. More information on program availability and registration can be found here.
- COVID-19 Update: The safety and health of students and staff remains our number one priority. As with other illnesses, if your child displays symptoms of illness, we ask that you please keep them home. You can find the latest on COVID-19 policies here.
I wish each of our students and families a safe, successful and exciting school year. I look forward to collaborating with you this coming year and providing meaningful opportunities that enhance our students’ educational experience.
Your Proud Superintendent,
Dr. Christi Barrett
In 2016, Dr. Barrett became the first female Superintendent for the Hemet Unified School District (HUSD), serving approximately 21,000 students in 28 schools. Since then, Dr. Barrett has been named Superintendent of the Year two times. In 2019, the Western Riverside Association of School Managers, a regional charter of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), recognized Dr. Barrett as the 2019 Superintendent of the Year. In 2021, Dr. Barrett was selected by ACSA Region 19 as the 2021 Superintendent of the Year and recognized by Claremont Graduate University with an Urban Leadership Alumni Achievement Award. HUSD is very proud that Dr. Barrett is recognized throughout the region and state for her dedication to HUSD students, families, and staff.
Dr. Barrett earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts in 2000 and her Masters in Special Education in 2003, both from the University of California, Riverside. In 2019, she completed her Doctoral program at Claremont Graduate University from the School of Educational Studies in the Urban Leadership program. Dr. Barrett has 19 years of educational experience and before her current role has served as both a regular and special education teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent.
As Superintendent, Dr. Barrett is actively involved in her community. HUSD is one of the largest geographical districts in California, covering over 700 square miles including the communities of Hemet, Anza, Idyllwild, Aguanga, and Winchester. She serves as the Vice President of the Healthy Valley Foundation, a Board Member for the Western Science Center, and is a member of the Hemet Action Group. Dr. Barrett’s involvement in the community is driven by her belief that the important work of educating and supporting the youth of the community is not limited to the boundaries of the District, but it is imperative to the community’s overall success.
Dr. Barrett is a collaborative, innovative leader who has a strong background in instruction, human resources, district operations, and models of continuous improvement. She has presented at several educational conferences in Southern California and has a close working relationship with the National Center for Systemic Improvement through WestEd and the National Institute for School Leadership.
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