Diann Kitamura has served as superintendent of the Santa Rosa City Schools (SRCS) district since February 1, 2016. She has worked in public education for the past 32 years. Prior to becoming the superintendent of SRCS, she served as the associate and assistant superintendent in SRCS, assistant superintendent and director in the Grant High School District, and as a coordinator in the Hayward Unified School District.
Superintendent Kitamura began her career as an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Maxwell High School. She was a school counselor at Maxwell High School and then at Galt High School. While in the Galt High School district, she became a vice principal and a principal. Diann earned her bachelor's degree in plant science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and a master's degree in counseling from California State University, Sacramento.
Among her accomplishments, Diann was named Sonoma County Assistant Superintendent of the Year for 2015 and named the KRCB (NPR) American Graduate Champion 2015. She received the California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Award in 2014, was selected to the CSBA Superintendents Advisory Council (3-year term), and was awarded a 2016 Brandman University Doctoral Fellowship.
Diann is committed to serving students and their families by ensuring that quality educational opportunities are provided for all students. She believes sense-making learning experiences and support systems that engage and inspire students will assist them to dream big, persevere and thrive.
She is the proud mother of Kenna and Kameron (21 year-old twins) and spouse of David, a middle school science teacher.
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