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Associate Superintendent Melinda Early To Retire After 36 Years With ALSD

Associate Superintendent Melinda Early To Retire After 36 Years With ALSD 

Melinda Early, who over her 36 years of service in the Alta Loma School District has taught at four different ALSD schools, served as assistant principal at two schools and principal at three schools, and has been a key district administrator, will retire later this month. 

Promoted to associate superintendent of educational services in July 2014, Early will leave a lasting legacy as one of the district’s most versatile, influential and important educators and administrators.

“Melinda has impacted the lives of thousands of students and their families,” said ALSD Superintendent James Moore. 

“Over the past five years she has been at the forefront in leading our district through the greatest change in educational policies and practices that the state has ever seen, with new state standards, new assessment procedures, a new school funding model and the new LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan),” Moore said. “We couldn’t have done those things without Melinda’s wisdom and her deep passion and knowledge for our students and community.”

Hired in 1983 to teach third grade at Deer Canyon Elementary School, Early also taught first and fourth grades and a fifth-sixth combo class over the next several years. She went on to teach at Banyan Elementary School and Alta Loma and Vineyard Junior High Schools.

Early took her first administrative position at Floyd M. Stork Elementary School as assistant principal and later moved to the same position at Banyan.

She was named principal at Jasper Elementary School in 2003 and took the principal position at Stork in 2006 and at Alta Loma Junior High in 2010.

“It’s rare than anyone spends 36 years with one organization, and the Alta Loma School District has been blessed to have had Melinda as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and associate superintendent,” Moore said. “She is the consummate professional and at the same time a reassuring voice for all of us in the district. We are sad see her go, but delighted for her to start a new chapter in retirement.”

Early is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences and business, and she has a Master of Education from Chapman University.

 

There will be an open house in celebration of Early’s retirement at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the District Support Center offices.