New Principal at SMS!

May 20, 2015

Downey Unified Appoints New Sussman Middle School Principal 

DOWNEY, CALIF., May 19, 2015 – The Downey Unified Board of Education proudly announced on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, the appointment of Dr. Robert Jagielski as the new principal of Sussman Middle School. Jagielski will begin in this position on July, 1, 2015, with plans of continuing to propel the school forward.

Jagielski started his career in education for the Alhambra Unified School District in 1988 as a bilingual instructional aide, quickly moving up to an ESL teacher and program coordinator. In 1992 he joined Downey Unified, making Griffiths Middle School his home for five years where he was also an ELD teacher/coordinator, taught Social Studies and coached a variety of sports. Jagielski then transitioned to the high school level, becoming the vice principal in 1997 and later the assistant principal at Downey High School. Serving as a high school administrator for eight years, Jagielski prided himself on being thoroughly involved in student centered concerns.

This focus, along with completing his doctoral degree, spearheaded him to the District Office, where he became the Director of Student Services in 2005. Working closely with many community organizations, Jagielski has been the president of Gangs Out Of Downey (GOOD), supervisor of True Lasting Connections, and a CHARACTER COUNTS! certified trainer, consultant and coalition member.

Dr. Jagielski will not only serve as the new principal of Sussman Middle School, he will also continue his relationship with the Josephson Institute’s CHARACTER COUNTS! acting as the liaison for Downey Unified.

“I am humbled and blessed at the opportunity to serve as the principal of Sussman Middle School,” stated Jagielski. “Being at Sussman since January as a form of administrative support led me to want to be a part of their great staff, students and programs. I look forward to leading the Sussman team as we prepare 21st Century students to be college and career ready.”


About the Downey Unified School District 

The Downey Unified School District provides a comprehensive curriculum supporting three high schools, four middle schools, 13 elementary schools and one adult school. The district is committed to developing all students to be self-motivated learners and productive, responsible and compassionate members of an ever-changing global society. Our highly qualified staff foster meaningful relationships with students, parents, and the community while providing a relevant and rigorous curriculum in facilities that advance teaching and learning. It is the vision of Downey Unified to have all students graduate with a 21st Century Education that ensures they are college and career ready, globally competitive and citizens of strong character.

Downey Unified School District Gallegos Administration Center 11627 Brookshire Avenue, P.O. Box 7017, Downey, California 90241-7017 (562) 469-6500, FAX: (562) 469-6515 

CONTACT:  Ashley Greaney Public Relations Coordinator (562) 469-6513;

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