Angel J. BarrettAngel J. Barrett
Plummer Elementary School
Los Angeles Unified School District
North Hills, California

When Angel Barrett arrived at Plummer Elementary in 1999, the urban Pre-K-5 school was one of the lowest-performing schools in its district. “Too many people were content with that role,” Barrett says. But she began reorganizing the school, providing staff training to focus on meeting higher goals for student learning. Barrett also created a professional learning community within the school. Teachers now conduct research and planning to better meet students’ needs. Today, while 100 percent of Plummer Elementary’s 1,044 students qualify for the free or discounted lunch program, Barrett has succeeded in transforming the school culture to foster high achievement levels. Teachers take on leadership roles and use data on student learning to improve instruction. “I love to watch as my staff and students grow and assume new opportunities,” she says. Although many community members work long hours and may not be literate or speak English, Barrett overcomes barriers to parent involvement by routinely meeting with families of newly enrolled students and by initiating parent conferences, parent classes, and school tours. Barrett also has promoted student responsibility and accountability by establishing programs such as Community of Service and practices such as student-led conferences to demonstrate academic progress. Barrett holds a bachelor’s degree and an Ed.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.A. from California State University at Los Angeles.