Lidia Scinski is a passionate and resourceful professional whose approach to education is rooted in collaboration, transformation, and above all, student-centered learning. She has extensive knowledge of adult learning theory, professional development, curriculum, instruction, data analysis, and leadership best practices.
Lidia has over 22 years of experience as an educator. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies at San Diego State University in 1994 and spent the next ten years teaching mathematics in grades 7-9 in a variety of school districts throughout San Diego County.
In 2003 Lidia Scinski returned to school to earn her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. She took on Assistant Principal roles at numerous schools before rising up the ranks to lead an inner city charter school. After five effective years she joined Whittier Elementary School in Hemet Unified School District, where she served as Principal through 2016.
Dr. Scinski’s eleven years experience as administrator of both elementary and middle school have allowed her to hone in skills in school culture, personnel development, and school finance. She is dedicated to not just managing the overall environments of schools, but to turning them around and transforming them entirely. She has been recognized for her ability to close the achievement gap for all students, especially English Learners, socio-economically disadvantaged, minority, and “at risk” students.
Dr. Scinski has given numerous presentations at the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) Symposium, and in 2014 she earned the “Inspire Award” for highest decrease in suspension rates during the 2014-15 school year at Whittier Elementary School. Her administrative team was also recognized at CA League of Middle Schools (CLMS) 2006 Conference for raising the API score of the underperforming school by 58 points.
Lidia Scinski believes that all students can learn and succeed at high levels if they are provided with the high-quality learning environments and support systems they deserve. She advocates for disciplinary literacy as a crucial tool for students within every level or category of education. She has also created and structured high functioning Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and her Spanish bilingual ability is an asset in strengthening connections within diverse educational communities.
In 2014 Dr. Scinski earned her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership through the UCSD & CSUSM Joint Doctoral Program. She continues to strive for academic excellence, personalized support, and transformative measures in education.