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New Principal Appointments in ABC Unified School District

Elliott ES Principal, Fran Barron

Elliott ES Principal, Fran Barron

Whitney HS, John Briquelet

Whitney HS, John Briquelet

Dr. Mary Sieu, Superintendent of ABC Unified School District is pleased to announce the following new principal appointments and assignments beginning in the 2016-17 school year:


John Briquelet-Whitney High School

John Briquelet has been chosen as the Principal of Whitney High School in Cerritos. Mr. Briquelet has been a site administrator for the past 14 years. He served as a principal at both Loara High School in Anaheim Union High School District and El Modena High School in Orange Unified. Mr. Briquelet will ensure the continued success of all students and staff at the #1 high school in California.


Crechena Wise-Gahr High School

Crechena Wise has been selected as the Principal of Gahr High School in Cerritos. Ms. Wise has been an administrator in ABC for the past 10 years. She has served as the Principal of Tetzlaff Accelerated Learning Academy as well as the assistant principal at Ross Academy. Ms. Wise looks forward to building teams of educational leaders and maximizing student achievement at Gahr. Ms. Wise is currently a doctoral candidate at USC.


Frances Delaney-Brown-Elliott Elementary School

Frances Delaney-Brown is the new Principal at Elliott Elementary School in the City of Artesia. For the past 13 years, she has taken on leadership roles at the elementary school level. Most recently, Ms. Delaney-Brown has filled in as Interim Principal at Elliott and Niemes Elementary Schools. Her goal is to support students, teachers, and staff and to create an environment in which all students achieve.


Alejandro Gutierrez-Furgeson Elementary School

Alejandro Gutierrez will serve as the new Principal at Furgeson Elementary School in Hawaiian Gardens. Mr. Gutierrez has had a ten-year career in administration in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He served as an Assistant Principal, Instructional Specialist, and Coordinator at various elementary schools in LAUSD. Mr. Gutierrez endeavors to work with the Furgeson stakeholders to provide a rich learning environment for all students.


Principals with New Assignments

Principals with new assignments effective this fall include the following:




Kester Song-Tetzlaff Accelerated Learning Academy

Kester Song has been named the Principal of Tetzlaff Accelerated Learning Academy. Mr. Song has served as the Carmenita Middle School Principal for the past 5 years. He was also an assistant principal for 3 years at Artesia High School.


Linda Dohm-Aloha Elementary School

Linda Dohm will be the Principal at Aloha Elementary School in Hawaiian Gardens. She has served the last 8 years as the Principal of Willow Elementary School and prior to that the Principal of Furgeson Elementary School.


Eveline Huh-Willow Elementary School

Eveline Huh will be the Principal of Willow Elementary School in Lakewood. She has dedicated the last 7 years as the Principal of Palms Elementary School.


Mayra Lozano-Hawaiian Elementary School

Mayra Lozano will move to Hawaiian Elementary School in Hawaiian Gardens. Ms. Lozano served as the Principal of Furgeson Elementary School for the past 8 years. Prior to Ms. Lozano’s assignment as Principal she was a teacher at Furgeson for 10 years.


Julie Yabumoto-Palms Elementary School

Julie Yabumoto will be the Principal of Palms Elementary School in Lakewood. Ms. Yabumoto served as Principal of Aloha Elementary School for 10 years.

















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Tract Sprinter
For many years I’ve heard that over 95% of the students attending Whitney High School, come from the city of Cerritos. Why are East Lakewood and Hawaiian Gardens students never testing hi enough to attend Whitney HS? If this true, district needs to get some new teachers and principals in to the southern district. Always strikes me as odder then odd photo, when CCC gives out rewards to Valley Christian Schools during CCC public hearings, seems like the recipients are mostly white- blonds and no Indias or Asians. City of Bellflower attend Gharr HS, but never hear data if they… Read more »
Norwalk Census Keeper
Norwalk Census Keeper
CERRITOS NON-DIVERSITY POPULATION: Very lop-sided data at best, how can the students or residents learn and reflect from USA Values, when most of these students are first time immigrants, all hurdled together, like gold fish in pond. Monkey see, Monkey do syndrome. Need to import some new students from outlining areas, to digest some new attitude in to district. Anywhere in the world, when the immigration levels are this acute, social / skilled evolution will not be best effective for fresh parachute immigrants. One Race 47,183 96.2 White 11,341 23.1 Black or African American 3,388 6.9 American Indian and Alaska… Read more »
Special Need Principal
Special Need Principal
My family once lived in Cerritos and used ABC School District for few yrs. Forced to leave, yes the neighborhood changed to Asian, crime followed, plus the neighborhood was filthy. A lot of non-owner-occupied rentals. We had one murder, we left following month. ABC School District was not teaching my four children correctly, as I am employed as a teacher in La Unified School District. We moved from Cerritos, to a section of Long Beach , / Seal Beach. That was a great move, the house is older, the neighborhood is far superior to Cerritos, and we also have both… Read more »
Cerritos and the ABC is not a diverse culture. Community is primarily an Asian culture, because of Asians are so Frugal, they have brainwashed kids into trying to graduate from Whitney High School, as Whitney High School is one of the few high schools in the ABC School District which has a fair amount of students accepted into four years universities. Cerritos High School, Ghar High School, Artesia High School along with Tracy HS , have some of the lowest data for being accepted into four-year universities. Many students either checked out & or transfered to other districts, as they… Read more »
Scott Collins

They need to consider replacing Principal Ricardo Brown at Ross Middle School. I have had one interaction with him and I have never been so insulted. If there was a principal that is full of himself it is him. My son is scheduled to attend Ross in the fall and my wife and I are considering sending him to a Catholic school.

Beware of Ricardo Brown.

Teachers teamster.
Many principles sleep their way to the top job training positions. It’s true in all school districts not just ABC. Also principles should have very short-term; they bring too many battles to their position . Leal Elementary had a bitch hired out of Long Beach. Dr degree go to their head, plus many asian /chinese peronnel, know nothing about state of calif nor traveled USA. One former ABC teacher/ FAC, never traveled USA; but retired out of ABC, real chinese air head teacher and commissioner appointed by Barrows. Bob Hughlett another teacher teamster, real mess, thank god he has left… Read more »
First, racist comments are not appreciated. Accept it, Cerritos ONCE was a Caucasian dominant city in the 70-80s, but it definitely is not anymore. It’s diverse. It’s where I’m proud to have moved BACK to, and I’m happy my kids will be raised there, just as I was. And to be a little racist, Asians make the district as great as it is. The hard work ethic and competitive edge and pressure found in a lot of the schools comes from a non-privileged, non-white mentality. I’d assume you’re not Asian-American based on your racial comments, but based on your grammar,… Read more »
Sub 4 Mid school
TO BRUINESS: Inside news. Almost every campus in ABC is losing specialty teachers, they’re transferring to La Unified School District, Irvine USD and or outside County, where there is better pay and better working conditions. Science PHD just left for Seattle. Nada, nada to attract PHD professors to hang their license here forever……Crossing guards are leaving ABC for Long Beach USD. Long Beach has diversity and more wages/perks……. The working conditions at ABC is minimal, teachers are tired of fighting with parents over ((A+ /A- /A )) grades, they’re tired of trying to interpret the English language. Let’s face it,… Read more »
Sales Manager
The hard work ethic and competitive edge and pressure found in a lot of the schools comes from a non-privileged, non-white mentality. REPLY: Suppose the white European, African American black and the latinos have soft work ethics and lack pressure. Just the opposite, Asians have red -lined community, so any other races do not want to purchase in to this community because of ASIANS lack of social skills, filth and lack of care and volunteerism back in to their community. Orig founders of Cerritos, entire family worked hard in farming and manufacturing to build out Cerritos, Cerritos youth have a… Read more »
……….B R U I N E S S You are referencing the word DIVERSITY, your terminology, you expect the world to stop, do a 360 degree turn around and become Diversified & marry and breed every immigrant which passes over your threshold. Original owners in the country are supposed to bend over and become Diversified, just because a new ethic wave takes over a city/ county, even though it’s never been certified for being Asian. Why can’t we all remain the same and try to get along, without selling our hearts and souls to the new first generation immigration evolution?… Read more »
HOA Member
10 Reasons No for ABC. #1) – No to Catholic schools, the private schools just don’t have the finances to attract the good educational programs nor the teachers. Catholic schools cannot compete with the public school systems in order to teach the children a wide variety of programs. We are way past Reading- Writing- arithmetic and discipline. Public teachers unions support union member till death, catholic schools do squat. #2) ABC School District has lost a couple of my neighbors who were teachers there, transferred to LA Unified School District where they can get more money, plus free loans for… Read more »
Scott Collins

My comments were in no way meant to be racist. Since my post Mr. Brown has agreed to let my son transfer to Carmenita Middle School. Again, I do not condone racist comments and expressing an issue I had with Mr. Brown in the way he communicates.