King/Drew Magnet High School Of Medicine And Science

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Dr. Heather Karuza, Assistant Principal

Administrative Experience

Assistant Principal: King/Drew Magnet High School, August 2015 to Present
Summer School Principal: King/Drew Magnet High School, 2016 & 2017
Interim Principal: Edison MS, August - October 2014, November & December 2013
Administrator of Curriculum & Instruction/Assistant Principal: Edison MS, February 2012 - August 2015

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Professor, CSUDH Graduate School of Education, August 2015 to Present
Mathematics Instructional Coach (Out-of-Classroom): Edison MS 2008-2012
8th Grade Algebra 1 Teacher: Edison MS 2005-2008
7th Grade Mathematics Teacher: Edison MS 2003-2005
Pre-Calculus (Math Analysis & Trig) Teacher: Huntington Park High School Intersession 2008

Accomplishments & Professional Organizations

  • Creator of DARTS Intervention Model ( and Generic Diagnostic Tally Sheet
  • Also adopted by several secondary schools in LD South.
  • Google Certified Educator - Level 1, January 2015
  • Presenter at ASCA Region 16 Women in Leadership Symposium
  • Aspiring Principal Program - Cohort II, May 2014
    • Passed Principal Exam, May 2017
  • Master Program Institute Certificate of Competency, March 2013
  • Presenter at “4 LAUSD By LAUSD” Best Practices Conference, March 2011
  •  Cal State Dominguez Hills Student Research Day Competition winner, February 2011
  • Presenter at California Mathematics Council South Conference, November 2010 & 2011
  •  Member of California Mathematics Council (CMC)
  • Presenter at Project Change Administrator’s Conference, May 2010
  •  Urban School Leader (USL) Grant Collaborator for CSU Dominguez Hills
  • Dept. of Education video, Leadership Learning Community, Group II Aspiring School Leaders, Credential
  • Students Run LA Leader – Trained students for and completed 3 LA Marathons (3 years)
  • Appeared on RtI2 TV Show: The Teacher’s Hour-Data Based Decision Making, April 2010
  • Member of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)


Education & Credentials

Bachelor of Science in General Mathematics
Specialization in Computing
Cum Laude
UCLA 2003

Master of Education
Professional Clear Single Subject CLAD Emphasis Credential in Mathematics
UCLA 2004


Master of Arts in Educational Administration
California Clear Administrative Credential
CSUDH 2010


Doctor of Philosophy in Education
Specialization in Urban School Leadership
Claremont Graduate University 2014


Contact Me:
Office: AP Office, 1st floor, main building
Phone: 323-566-0420, ext. 4136