Maria Armstrong has been hired as the Woodland Joint Unified School District’s new superintendent of schools, on a unanimous vote Thursday of the school board. Armstrong’s three-year contract begins on July 1. She will replace Debra LaVoi, who is retiring at the end of this school year after serving five years as superintendent.
Armstrong has been an educator for 24 years, serving as a classroom teacher, counselor, assistant principal, principal, director and currently as assistant superintendent for educational services for the Ukiah Unified School District.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in business, a master’s degree in education and an Ed.D. in organizational leadership.
“The Woodland Joint Unified School District is very fortunate to have Dr. Maria Armstrong join us as our next superintendent,” said Sam Blanco, board president. “She brings a great history of educational experience and student achievement. Her vision and mission is very similar to ours at WJUSD, where we strive for student excellence.”
Armstrong said she is “excited about relocating to Woodland and spending the next year listening to stakeholders and learning about Woodland schools and the community.”
She has three grown children and four grandchildren.