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Erika F. Torres, Ed.D., MSW, County Administrator


With my recent appointment as County Administrator of the Inglewood Unified School District, I am pleased to welcome you to the district’s website and am delighted to be a part of the Inglewood Unified family. Prior to joining the district, I served as the Deputy Superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education and have more than 20 years of experience in public education, including an extensive background in oversight of major departments and programs that promote academic achievement by addressing safety, health and academic potential of every student.


I have been working directly with Inglewood Unified since October 2018. During this time, I have been impressed with the strong, collaborative spirit that exists between our Board of Education, parents, community, staff, and students. These strong relationships are essential because it takes community-wide commitment and hard work to make sure that our schools and students are successful.


Our district has much to be proud of. Some of the remarkable strengths of this district include strong parental involvement, caring and dedicated teachers, administrators and support staff, and a district-wide focus on putting the needs of students first. In Inglewood we know the keys to our success are hard work and a strong commitment to teach relentlessly, to every child, in every classroom, in every school, every day. Regardless of our roles in the district, everyone’s job to ensure student success. It is through our common commitment to hard work and a focus on improved student learning that we will continue to build a better future for the students and families of Inglewood.





Cabinet Members



   Christine M.I. Dacanay, Chief Business Official

“I am an honest leader and passionate financial storyteller clearly articulating data and analysis for results-driven futures.”  Christine M.I.  Dacanay is the acting chief business official for the Inglewood Unified School District. Ms. Dacanay has oversight of Fiscal Services, Facilities, Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation, Food Services, and Information Technology.  She has over 13 years of finance experience. 


Most recently, she  served as Executive Director of Fiscal Services and Director of Fiscal Services for Inglewood Unified School District. Previously, she served as Senior Controller for Deloitte Consulting, LLP and as a Senior Management Team member for UC Irvine. Ms. Dacanay holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California and bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine and completed the FCMAT CBO Program in 2019. She also holds a CASBO Chief Business Official certificate.  




Hedieh Khajavi, Chief Human Resources Officer


Hedieh Khajavi has over eighteen (18) years of certificated and classified human resources experience in urban K-12 public education in Southern California.  She came to public education through an internship with LAUSD.  Moreover, her employments with the Baldwin Park Unified School District, San Diego County Office of Education, Los Angeles County Office of Education, San Diego Unified School District and Los Angeles Unified School District has made her well accustomed with handling complex human resources functions. 


Ms. Khajavi has a particular passion for the role that human resources can play as a strategic partner to help urban K-12 school districts work effectively and efficiently, from goal development to implementation and finally to achievement. She is a tireless champion for public service and the students she serves. Ms. Khajavi is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in K-12 Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. She holds a master of science degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from California State University San Bernardino, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eotvos Lorand University in Hungary.




Bernadette C. Lucas, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer

Bernadette Lucas has been an educator for over 28 years.  She came to education through Teach For America (1991).  She has most recently served as the Director of Technology for BHUSD.  She served in LAUSD for 23 years as a teacher, Title I Coordinator, advisor and Assistant Director for a teacher credentialing program, assistant principal, principal, mentor principal, and Director of Technology.  She also teaches in the School Leadership Program at California State University, Dominguez Hills.  Her career has been committed to equity, access, and social justice for all students. She is passionate about ensuring that each student has access to a world class education that prepares them to not only be successful, but to also thrive in a changing world. 


Dr. Lucas earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Virginia and her master in educational leadership from California State University, Los Angeles.  She graduated from the University of Southern California in May 2019 with a Doctorate in K-12 Leadership.  Her degree confers in December 2019. 



District Leadership Team

Ms. Herlinda Bazan
Executive Director of Facilities & Operations 
Dr. Janice Carter
Executive Director of Special Education
Mr. William Carter
Chief of School Police
Ms. Joanna Clifton
Director of Early Education
Ms. Tiffany Egan
Director of Benefits/ Workers' Comp.
Ms. Lourdes Hale
Executive Director of Federal & State Programs
Ms. Ugema Hosea-James
Executive Director of Elementary
Ms. Rosa Orosemane
Director of Food Services
Dr. Rene Rosas
Director of English Learner/PD
Dr. Reginald Sirls
Executive Director of Secondary
Ms. Katrina Taylor
Director of Student Support Services
Ms. Terri Wheeler
Executive Director of Technology
Executive Director of Student Services & Operations
Director of Business/Fiscal Services