Biden Nominates SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten for Deputy Education Secretary

San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten has been nominated to serve as the Deputy Secretary of Education in the incoming Biden administration. Marten’s nomination was announced Monday.

Marten has overseen California’s third-largest school district since 2013, but her public education career spans more than three decades. That career included 17 years in the classroom.

Marten earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse and a master’s degree in teaching and learning from UC San Diego. She got her start working for the Poway Unified School District. She then worked at Central Elementary in the City Heights for 10 years, where she established biliteracy, gardening, and child care programs. In 2015, she won the National Conflict Resolution Center Local Peacemaker Award. Three years later, she was named one of the Business Women of the Year by the San Diego Business Journal.

Also on Monday, the school board announced Area 2 superintendent Lamont Jackson as interim superintendent.

“I cannot imagine a better choice to continue the progress San Diego Unified students are making than Dr. Lamont Jackson,” Marten tweeted. “Our Board of Ed has made an outstanding choice in Dr. Jackson as Interim Supt. He makes decisions based on students and he is 100% committed to a #BetterSD”

Jackson has over 25 years of experience in education. According to the district, he has served as an elementary, middle school, and high school teacher. He became the youngest secondary school principal of Montgomery Middle School in San Diego in 2000. He also previously served as the principal of Challenger Middle School and Wangenheim Middle School in San Diego.

Read more about SDUSD’s new interim superintendent here