Superintendent's Profile

Marian Kim Phelps, Ed.D., Superintendent
Margaret Godman, Executive Assistant II to the Superintendent
(858) 521-2700    FAX (858) 485-1075

Superintendent Marian Kim Phelps, Ed.D. (858) 521-2700 FAX (858) 485-1075


Dr. Marian Kim-Phelps began her position as Poway Unified's Superintendent on April 3, 2017. She is thrilled to have returned home to San Diego after serving as the Superintendent for the Westminster School District in Orange County for nearly four years.

At Westminster, Dr. Phelps focused on bringing equity, access and opportunities to every student in the district. Under her leadership, the district established the first Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Academy in California, a Spanish Dual Language Immersion Academy, a STEAM Magnet School, a GATE Academy, and Orange County’s first Computer Science Magnet School. In 2015-16, Westminster School District was one of only 13 districts throughout California to be named an Honor Roll District, a national program recognizing high-performing schools that improve the outcomes for students. The district was also honored as a 2015 White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics "Bright Spot in Hispanic Education". Most recently, the Orange County Register named Dr. Kim Phelps as one of Orange County’s 100 Most Influential "2016 Game Changers in Orange County."

In her 25 years as an educator, Dr. Phelps was an elementary and middle school teacher, a vice principal, elementary principal for 10 years, and Area Superintendent for four years serving 32 schools in the San Diego Unified School District. Dr. Phelps was also an adjunct professor at California State University Fullerton, where she taught doctorate level coursework on Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Educational Leadership.

Dr. Phelps was awarded the 2016 Golden Bell Award by the California School Board Association for technology, she was named 2016 ACSA District Administrator of the Year and the 2013 Central Office Administrator of the Year by the Association of California Administrators (ACSA) Region 18. She was awarded the 2009 and 2010 ACSA National Distinguished Principal Finalist Award for the State of California. In addition, Dr. Phelps was part of the senior level management team that led the 2nd largest school district in the state to be recognized as a 2013 Broad Prize for Urban Education District Finalist. Prior to and during her years as an educator, Dr. Phelps worked in hospital business administration with Scripps Health for over ten years. She resides in East San Diego County with her husband and daughter.

Every month, Dr. Phelps writes a monthly column for the Pomerado News on relevant school and community-related topics. Follow this link to read some of her most recent articles.

The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2121, For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840,

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