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August 26, 2014

From the Desk of 
Dr. Toni Brown
Pennekamp Principal

Dear Pennekamp Family,
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!! I am so excited to take on the new role of Principal at Pennekamp Elementary. After three amazing years in the district as Assistant Principal at Manhattan Beach Middle School, I have found my new home as a Dragon! I am looking forward to working with the staff and community to continue the success Pennekamp has garnered. Recently named a California Distinguished School, Pennekamp is on the move and I am eager to be a part of this amazing team.
My path to PK started as an elementary teacher in Kindergarten and Fifth grades before moving to the middle school level where I taught for four years in both ABC Unified School District and Tustin Unified School District. After completing my Master's in Counseling at Loyola Marymount University, I left the classroom to become a Middle School Counselor where my passion for creating a school climate that fosters positive student connectedness was born. This experience only ignited my desire to become a change agent in schools and I began the doctorate program in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California. In pursuit of my next professional challenge, I was fortunate to assume the role of Assistant Principal at MBMS. In this role I quickly became a part of the MBUSD family bringing my background and passion for building positive school communities to our students. As principal of Pennekamp, I plan to create and maintain a student-centered campus that fosters social development and academic growth.
It is with great pleasure that I begin my new assignment as a Dragon and I look forward to a fantastic year!
Toni Brown, Ed.D