About Superintendent Christi Barrett, Ph.D.

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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Superintendent, Dr. Christi Barrett, featured on Tech & Learning podcast.  
Superintendent, Dr. Christi Barrett, featured on Schools on the Front Lines with Carl Cohn podcast.  
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