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February 12, 2024 Message from Interim Superintendent


Dear Team PUSD,

As you all have now likely heard, I was asked by the Board of Education to step into the role of Interim Superintendent of Poway Unified School District at last Thursday evening’s school board meeting. While it’s a daunting challenge stepping into a role like this suddenly and unexpectedly, it was an honor to be asked to serve in this moment.


For those of you who may not know me well, I have had the privilege of working in education for over 30 years now. I’ve spent the last 20 years working in PUSD. During that time, I have served as a principal at every level: K-8, middle school, new school, and comprehensive high school. More recently, I have worked in the district office as an Associate Superintendent. Each leadership position I have held has both stretched and humbled me, expanding my perspective and appreciation for each of you who work so hard to ensure our students’ daily needs are met. 


Moments like these happen in organizations, and when they do, a range of emotions can follow. I want to assure you, we’ll get through this together. I understand that change can bring uncertainty, but it also brings opportunities for growth and renewal. If the Great Recession of 2008 and a worldwide pandemic couldn’t stop us, believe me, this won’t either! I’ve seen you in action, and when you pull together, Team PUSD is an unstoppable force! 


Thank you for continuing to take such great care of our kids, and thank you for taking care of each other. While visiting with staff in classrooms, warehouses, kitchens, and office spaces, I am frequently reminded of the collective effort it takes to support our students' growth and well-being. We have amazing people serving in a wide variety of roles across PUSD. Thank you! Your hard work and your sincere desire to help others is noticed and inspiring. It’s your passion and your dedication that drives our organization to excel year after year. And you are the reason why I am fully convinced our best days are ahead.


As Interim Superintendent, it’s my job to make certain your needs are being met. I hope you will find me approachable, eager to listen, and willing to learn. If you do not, I also hope you will give me some grace as I adapt to this role, and reach out to let me know how I can improve. Your patience, understanding, and support as we navigate this transition in leadership mean the world to me. Please know that my door is always open, and I am here to support you in any way I can. 


Warmest regards,


Greg Mizel

Interim Superintendent

Poway Unified School District

Greg Mizel
(858) 521-2700 
[email protected] 

Margaret Godman
Executive Assistant II to the Superintendent
(858) 521-2703   
FAX (858) 485-1075
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Wendy Anderson
Executive Assistant I to the Superintendent
(858) 521-2704   
[email protected]

Christine Paik
Chief Communications Officer
(858) 521-2707  
[email protected]

Brittanie Arnett
Communications Specialist
(858) 521-2705

Darl Danford
Legal Support Specialist
(858) 521-2706  
[email protected]