101 West Cochran Street,
Simi Valley, California 93065
(805) 306-4500 Phone | (805) 520-6504 Fax

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District Leadership

Dr. Jason Peplinski, Ed.D

District Superintendent

The Simi Valley Unified School District Board of Education is elected by the community to provide leadership and citizen oversight to Simi Valley Schools. As the chief executive officer for Simi Valley Schools, Dr. Peplinski implements all School Board decisions and manages the instructional and non-instructional operations of the schools. Dr. Peplinski also serves as a member of the governance team, and has responsibilities to support School Board operations and decision-making.


Mr. Ron Todo

Associate Superintendent of Business & Facilities

Mr. Todo oversees the day-to-day operations of Simi Valley Schools, and supports the educational program through the many departmental functions under his management. Fiscal Services, Food Services, Facilities & Planning, Maintenance & Operations, Risk Management, Purchasing and Student Safety & Transit are all part of Business & Facilities.


Dr. Hani Youssef

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services

Dr. Youssef is responsible for directing, supervising, coordinating and evaluating District-level programs and personnel involved in categorically-funded programs, curriculum development, educational technology, instructional process and procedures and student assessment (preschool through Adult Education). Mr. Youssef provides direct support to the staff and directors of the Educational Services.


Mr. Daniel Houghton

Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services

Mr. Houghton and his staff partner with all District departments, school site administrators and employee union groups to recruit, select, develop and manage a highly-skilled and diverse workforce to support the educational service and student achievement. Personnel Services works with all staff--Certificated (teaching), Classified (non-teaching) and Management.


Mr. Sean Goldman

Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services

Under Student Support Services, Mr. Goldman oversees two divisions. The Student Support Division provides information on health services, home teaching, interdistrict permits and student records. The Special Education Division provides information on Special Education classes, psychological services including assessment for Special Education services, speech and language services, occupational therapy, adaptive physical education, visually impaired services, transportation and extend school year. Mr. Goldman is also lead administrator for Justin Early Learners Academy, the District's unique preschool program for Special and General Education students and several other preschool programs.


Mrs. Julie Ellis

Director of Elementary Education

As part of Educational Services, Mrs. Ellis is responsible for supporting and supervising elementary school principals, overseeing the Junior Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten (JK/TK) programs and fielding concerns from parents of elementary school students.



Dr. Deborah Salgado

Director of Secondary Education

As part of Educational Services, Dr. Salgado is responsible for supporting and supervising the secondary school principals (middle and high schools), overseeing Adult Education and fielding concerns from parents of secondary school students. Foster Youth and English Language Learners and other special populations besides Special Education.