Dr. Maureen Lamorena-Tatsui

Dr. Maureen Lamorena-Tatsui

Dr. Maureen Lamorena-Tatsui

Co-Principal, Grades TK-5

A So Cal native, Dr. Maureen attended UCLA where she double majored in anthropology and communication studies. She knew she wanted to become an educator after her experiences as an assistant director at UCLA’s Samahang Pilipino Advancing Community Empowerment (S.P.A.C.E.) program, where she counseled students at Marshall High School. It was through her work in the SPACE program and in UCLA’s Community Programs Office that Maureen became passionate about issues of educational inequality and social justice. She then decided teaching would be her way to understand and address those issues.

In 2002 Maureen joined Teach for America (TfA) – a national service corps that places recent college graduates in the nation’s most challenged urban and rural schools – and taught summer school in the Bronx, New York. In the fall of that year, she was assigned to teach 2nd grade at Dickison elementary school in Compton, CA where she continued teaching for nine more years, teaching grades two through five. While in Compton, Maureen served multiple leadership and teacher training roles. She also trained new teachers during TfA’s Summer Institute.

In 2004, Maureen earned her M.A. degree in elementary education and her multiple subjects credential from Loyola Marymount University. She completed her Ph.D. in education from Claremont Graduate University where her dissertation focused on the relationship between school-wide discipline systems and teachers’ sense of efficacy and job satisfaction. She is most interested in teacher learning and development & teacher and institutional effectiveness.

For many years, Maureen has been a hula practitioner, learning, studying, and performing traditional and modern forms of Hawaiian dance and chant. In her free time, she loves cooking, reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband Tim and their son Max (though not necessarily in that order).