"LAUSD Maverick Principal Celebrates Centennial" by Reut Cohen for Neon Tommy, May 25, 2012:
During the whirlwind social-political revolution of the 1970’s, Los Angeles Unified School Districts were pushed and prodded toward racial integration. The push was not always welcomed; some measures, such as mandatory busing of students from poorer neighborhoods to schools in better areas, were controversial with parents and administrators. Those who shaped integration policies of Los Angeles’ public education system, who worked diligently to accept students of various ethnic backgrounds into their public schools, were mavericks rarely recognized today for their improvement of the LAUSD and proactive steps toward equality. Perhaps no one is more of a maverick than Josephine Casanova Jimenez. Her influential career in the LAUSD where she served both as a teacher and principal spanned nearly half a century. She celebrated her 100th birthday this month.Read it all here.
“She’s always been ahead—of everybody in everything. She’s always been a pioneer,” said her son, Carlos Jimenez, who followed his mother’s footsteps into the LAUSD.
Josephine’s frail body hides a surprisingly active mind. She isn’t especially ill, but she is at the end of her life. Although speaking is overtiring for her, she is cognizant of her surroundings—her dark eyes carefully watchful of her family as they describe the woman who has impacted and shaped their lives, along with thousands of schoolchildren...