CULVER CITY — The new school year began with a new principal at Culver City Middle School.
Elsy Villafranca, who served as assistant principal at the school last year, has been appointed by the Culver City school board as the new principal.
Prior to that, Villafranca was an intervention coordinator and English language learner coordinator at Palms Elementary, as well as a special education teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Born in El Salvador, Villafranca moved to the Los Angeles area at the age of 4 and graduated from Wilson High School in El Sereno before attending UCLA where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history and Italian studies.
She spent time living in Italy and Paris before returning to Los Angeles to begin her teaching career, and is fluent in Spanish, Italian and conversational French. Beyond the classroom, Villafranca has coached soccer and softball.
“Being a part of this incredible team of teachers, staff and counselors is an absolute joy,” Villafranca said. “I look forward to working with all of our schools throughout the district to provide a connected student experience for every child in Culver City.”