Twin Rivers district hires associate superintendent

The Twin Rivers Unified School District has hired Sara Noguchi as the associate superintendent of innovation, research and design.

Noguchi, 52, served as interim superintendent at Sacramento City Unified before Superintendent Jose Banda was hired last year. She will be in charge of professional development, student and parent engagement, and technology at Twin Rivers Unified. She also will help leverage partnerships with companies like Microsoft and with education experts working with the district, said Steven Martinez, Twin Rivers superintendent. She will begin work June 1.

Currently, Noguchi is the chief of collaborations at the Sacramento County Office of Education. Before that she was at Sacramento City Unified, where she served as the interim superintendent and as the assistant superintendent for the district’s central area. As assistant superintendent, she oversaw 21 schools.

“We are fortunate to have attracted an education leader of Dr. Noguchi’s stature,” said Martinez in a prepared statement. “She brings a wealth of experience that will serve our students, staff and community well. Dr. Noguchi has worked at all levels of public education, including implementing new strategies to transform low-performing schools in high-needs neighborhoods.”

Noguchi started her career as a teacher in Elk Grove Unified. She later became the principal of the district’s James Rutter Middle School, then the director of secondary education. She has a doctorate in education leadership from the University of the Pacific and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.

Twin Rivers Unified Officials would not release Noguchi’s salary saying the contract has yet to be signed.

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