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(310) 973-1300

Fax (323) 480-4529

Dr. Hamilton, Superintendent
Dr. Betsy Hamilton
Ext. 50002

Marina Sandoval

Marina Sandoval
Executive Assistant
Ext. 50002

Dr. Daniel Urrutia

Dr. Daniel Urrutia
Director of Safety & Communication

Welcome to the Superintendent's Office

Lawndale Elementary School District (LESD) is committed to providing students with a foundation for building brighter futures. Our leaders place students at the center of every decision and our district goals reflect this commitment.

Our primary focus is to increase academic achievement. We continuously improve our instructional programs, and coaches at each school support teachers’ knowledge and skills. We ensure our earliest learners are off to a great start by offering a high quality Preschool, TK and Kindergarten programs. We continue challenging our students with a rigorous academic program as they complete their elementary and middle school educations. Our state-of-the art Library Media Centers and 1:1 computer programs enhance 21st century learning and prepare students for future success.

Beyond academics, LESD recognizes the importance of social-emotional development. We foster safe and positive school environments where everyone is welcome. Student Support teams at every school nurture our students to thrive socially and emotionally. Our extended day program, Realizing Amazing Potential (RAP), supports extracurricular development and offers STEAM-focused learning that includes coding, “tinkering”, robotics, literature, folklorico, marching band and arts programming.

Parent engagement enhances student achievement, and our Family University program provides parents the tools to join us as equal partners in their students’ education. Through FamilyU parents participate in workshops, volunteer activities, and school committees and develop the skills to support learning at home and become successful advocates for their students’ education.

At LESD we strive to ensure access and equity for all, offer quality education, and provide safe, positive and nurturing learning environments to prepare and propel our students to become tomorrow’s leaders!

About Dr. Hamilton

Dr. Betsy Hamilton serves as the Superintendent of the Lawndale Elementary School District, where she previously served eight years as the Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services.

She began her educational career in 1990 as a bilingual teacher in East Los Angeles.  She has worked in five school districts in California, holding a variety of teaching and leadership positions, including two principal positions and directorships in Student Services, Categorical Programs, and Curriculum and Staff Development.  Dr. Hamilton has a steadfast belief in the power of education to change life trajectories. She has an unwavering commitment to equity and access and to creating the conditions for all to reach their potential. 

Prior to her career in education, Dr. Hamilton worked in Los Angeles as a Union Representative and Health Services Division Director for Service Employees International Union, and a Union Representative for the Union of American Physicians and Dentists.  She has a commitment to fair labor practices, healthy families, workplaces and communities.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz, master’s degrees in Education Administration from San José State University and Labor Relations from the University of Massachusetts, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.   She is married to Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor at University of Southern California, with whom she has two children, Joaquin and Anna Eliza.