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Superintendent Kitamura to receive top honor from California school leaders
Dr. Diann Kitamura will be honored with the highest award given by the Association of California School Administrators, an organization of 17,000 school leaders. Dr. Kitamura will receive the Ferd Kiesel Memorial Distinguished Service Award during a virtual awards ceremony on Friday, November 6, at 6:00pm.
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Dr. Diann Kitamura
Dr. Diann Kitamura has served as superintendent of Santa Rosa City Schools (SRCS) since February 2016. She has worked in public education for more than 30 years, as an associate and assistant superintendent in SRCS, assistant superintendent and director in the Grant High School District in Sacramento County, and as a coordinator in the Hayward Unified School District. Superintendent Kitamura began her career as an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, became a school counselor, and then became a vice principal and a principal. She earned her bachelor's degree in plant science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and a master's degree in counseling from California State University, Sacramento. In 2019, she earned her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University.
Superintendent Kitamura was named Sonoma County Assistant Superintendent of the Year for 2015 and named the KRCB (NPR) American Graduate Champion 2015. She received the California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Award in 2014, was selected to the CSBA Superintendents Advisory Council (3-year term), and was awarded a 2016 Brandman University Doctoral Fellowship.
Dr. Kitamura is committed to serving students and their families by ensuring that quality educational opportunities are provided for all students. She believes sense-making learning experiences and support systems that engage and inspire students will assist them to dream big, persevere and thrive. She is the proud mother of Kenna and Kameron, and spouse of David, a middle school science teacher.
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Superintendent Kitamura receives award acknowledging promotion of diversity
Left to right, Bruce Fortin, chair, and Phyllis Rosenfield, executive director, Listening for a Change; Connie Codding, award sponsor; Diann Kitamura, Santa Rosa City Schools superintendent, and her daughter, Kenna Kitamura
Santa Rosa City Schools Superintendent Diann Kitamura is the recipient of the 15th Annual Connie Codding Humanist Award from Listening for a Change, an oral history nonprofit organization in Santa Rosa. Dr. Kitamura received the award at the organization’s annual Weave Community event on Saturday, August 17, 2019, attended by State Senator Mike McGuire, board members, donors and other members of the community. An inscription on the award reads: “Dedicated to promoting acceptance of diversity in our community."
Listening for a Change uses oral history interviewing, often on video, as a tool for community members to listen and more effectively engage others across ethnic, religious, sexual, class, generational, language, and geographic barriers. Through active listening and asking questions, interviewers develop empathy for others and build a greater capacity for understanding difference.
“Our work is based on the idea that it’s imperative that we come to know one another and strengthen our community together. That’s what Diann Kitamura is doing,” said Phyllis Rosenfield, executive director and president of Listening for a Change. “She’s made a concerted effort to implement a policy of equity for all children in our schools.”
Dr. Kitamura has worked in public education for more than 30 years, including years as a teacher, school counselor, vice principal and principal, before moving into school district administration. Under her leadership, Santa Rosa City Schools has gained statewide recognition for the district’s work to accelerate the progress of English Learners and Latino students, and to close access gaps.
“Receiving this award is one of the most meaningful recognitions in my career,” said Dr. Kitamura. She also praised the work of Listening for a Change. “Capturing the voices of so many different groups who have suffered tremendous discrimination and oppression must be done. Listening for a Change is a leader in making that happen.”