The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education approved the appointment of Darci Keleher as the new assistant principal of Lincoln Middle School at its regular May 17 meeting.

Keleher has worked as a special education coordinator at SMMUSD for the past 10 years, serving secondary students, most recently at Santa Monica and Olympic High Schools.

Prior to this position, she was a special education teacher at Lincoln Middle School for seven years, where she served as department chair for five years.

Keleher began her teaching career in Ohio, worked in Beverly Hills Unified for a short time, and has served SMMUSD for 17 of her 20 years as an educator. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to return home to Lincoln Middle School after 10 years, Keleher said. “I cannot wait to join the amazing team at Lincoln. I look forward to collaborating with our staff, families and students, to continue Lincoln’s record of excellence and equity for all students.”

Keleher earned a Bachelor of Arts in special education from the University of Toledo and Master of Arts in both special education and educational administration from Cal State Northridge.

“We would like to congratulate Ms. Keleher on her new position at Lincoln Middle School,” Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati said. “She will have a positive impact at Lincoln Middle School, and be a strong addition to the Lincoln leadership team.”

Submitted by Community & Public Relations Officer Gail Pinsker