Burroughs High, Muir Middle School Get New Principals in District Shuffle


With the recent appointment of Dr. Jan Britz, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, to the position of Superintendent, Emilio Urioste, Principal of John Burroughs, has been promoted to the position of Director of Secondary Education.


His appointment was announced at the June 21 Board of Education meeting.

Urioste graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1984 with a B.A. in History and a teaching credential. He graduated from Cal State Los Angeles in 1998 with an M.A. in Educational Leadership. He began his career teaching history and Spanish with the Chaffey Joint Union High School District in 1984 and remained there until 1991. In 1991 he was hired by BUSD to teach Spanish. He taught Spanish 1, 2, 3, and 4 and served as department chair from 1996-97.

In 1998 he became the API at John Burroughs and from 1999-2002 he served as co-principal and from 2002 to present, he has been the principal at JBHS. In 2004 Urioste was asked to present in Sacramento as the principal of a high performing high school and was also named BUSD Principal of the Year in 2004.

Urioste’s promotion created an opening for a new principal at JBHS, with John Paramo, Principal of Muir Middle School, being appointed as the new principal at Burroughs.

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Paramo received his B.A. from Whittier College; an M.A. from California State University, Los Angeles; and a second M.A. along with his administrative credential from Azusa Pacific University. He has taught at a technical institute in Rosemead and at El Monte Unified and Baldwin Park Unified as an English teacher before being hired as an assistant principal at JBHS in July 2005. He worked as an API at Burroughs through the 2009-2010 school year before being hired as the Principal of Muir.

Paramo’s vacated position will be filled by Dr. Greg Miller, who was interviewed for middle school principal in May and emerged as one of the top two candidates.

Dr. Miller began his career as a teacher at an inner-city middle school in Camden, New Jersey. He then taught in a small town in Mississippi, a large public school in Russia, and a 7th grade class in rural South Africa. After serving as a public affairs fellow with the Coro Foundation, Dr. Miller spent seven years teaching math and student government at Sepulveda Middle School in LAUSD.

In 1999, he was voted Teacher of the Year by the Sepulveda faculty and from 2003-2007 served as an assistant principal at the school. For the past five years he has worked as an AP at Hale Middle School in Woodland Hills. In 2011, Dr. Miller received a doctorate in educational leadership from California State University, Northridge. He lives in Santa Clarita with his wife and two children.

Other recent personnel changes will see Greg Izay, BHS Assistant Principal of Discipline, move to JBHS to fill the position of AP of Athletics and Activities, which was recently vacated by Trish Poelke.

Poelke will start the new school year as AP at Luther Middle School.  James Mackey, Special Ed Program Specialist, will become the new AP of Discipline at BHS.

Finally, Wendy Callabro, Title I Coordinator at Luther, will be moving to Muir Middle School where she will become the school’s new Assistant Principal.

Dr. Lilly Torres, API at Jordan Middle School, has recently accepted a position in Whittier as an elementary school principal. Her position will be filled by Alex Senar, who was the Title I Coordinator at John Muir Middle School.


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