Wave Staff Report
CULVER CITY — The Culver City school board voted unanimously Aug. 9 to hire Quoc Tran as the district’s new superintendent.
Currently the assistant superintendent of educational services at Franklin-McKinley School
District in San José, Tran will replace Leslie Lockhart, who announced her retirement earlier this year.
“I am proud of the exhaustive, transparent and collaborative process that led us to the district’s new superintendent,” school board President Tashon McKeithan said. “We solicited and received input from the public and our school communities at every turn, and I know that this inclusive process has helped us hire the right person.
“Mr. Tran comes to us with a great deal of experience and a true commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. He will be a true asset to our district.”
Tran had previously served as associate superintendent of educational services at Soledad Unified and Alisal Union school districts, in Monterey County.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cal State Los Angeles and has taught fourth and fifth grade, bilingual (Vietnamese) mathematics and science at the high school levels in Los Angeles. Tran is bilingual and bi-literate in Vietnamese, and has earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Cal State L.A.
As an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University, he was a co-recipient of a U.S. Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Scholarship, where he co-led a team of 12 future teachers on a six-week immersive study trip to Vietnam.
In addition to teaching and his engineering background, he has experience as a director in the areas of English learner services, equity programs, multi-tiered system of support, curriculum and instruction, research data analysis and assessments, state and federal projects, and public information and communications.
His fiancée, Crystal Hahm, is also an educator and has spent 19 years as a third-grade teacher in the Tustin Unified School District, where she was once a Teacher of the Year nominee.
Having grown up during the Vietnam War; Tran arrived in the U.S. at the age of 17 after spending years in a refugee camp in Malaysia and has committed to focus his life work to confront issues impacting diversity, inclusion and equity in the public education arena.
“The great poet Maya Angelou once said ‘in diversity there is beauty and there is strength,’” Tran said. “I am honored to bring my passion and commitment to achieve the beauty and strength of the diversity that we are, the inclusion that we practice, and the equity outcome that we create for all students.”