PUSD Announces Dr. Janelle Woodward as Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning

The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Janelle Woodward as Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning during its June 25 regular meeting.


Dr. Woodward brings more than 30 years of educational experience to the Pleasanton community, serving in leadership roles at the elementary, middle, high school levels. Serving the last three years as a Senior Leadership Associate with the Leadership Institute of Riverside County, a subdivision of the Riverside County Office of Education, Dr. Woodward is beloved by her peers as an inspirational leader with communication and collaboration at the heart of all she does. At the Riverside County Office of Education, Dr. Woodward served as a coach to site administrators throughout the county and led a variety of professional growth opportunities, network meetings, and county-wide programs.


“As an educator and proven site leader at all levels Dr. Woodward will be invaluable to our Teaching and Learning division, enhancing our focus of classroom instruction and keeping student learning at the core of everything we do,” said Superintendent David Haglund, Ed.D. “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Janelle Woodward to join our PUSD leadership team.” 


Over the years, she has been named “Principal of the Year” both the Riverside Unified School District and “Principal of the Year” by the Riverside Council Parent-Teacher Association.

“I am thrilled to join and serve our Pleasanton students, staff and community,” said Dr. Janelle Woodward. “It is an honor to support and enhance the exciting work underway at the Pleasanton Unified School District, and to engage with all stakeholders on a deeper level in this wonderfully vibrant community.” 

Dr. Woodward volunteers with numerous organizations, including serving on the board for both the California League of High Schools and the California League of Middle Schools, was the Riverside County Coordinator for the California Distinguished Schools program, and founded the Top Scholars Award celebration for continuation school students in Riverside County. She was also recently appointed to serve as a member of the California Practitioners Advisory Group (CPAG), which advises the State Board of Education on matters pertaining to educational policy. 

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Communications from Cal Poly Pomona, and her Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Chapman University. She later was part of the first Doctoral program cohort at Cal Poly Pomona where she earned her Doctor of Education in 2015. This year, Woodward was selected to represent the College of Education and Integrative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona as their 2019 “Distinguished Alumni.”