Irene Sumida, Executive Director
Mrs. Sumida is a graduate of California State University, Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education. She holds California credentials in elementary education, reading and administration, and has been an educator for over thirty-six years. Before joining Fenton Avenue Charter School, Mrs. Sumida served the Los Angeles Unified School District for twenty-seven years in a variety of capacities. These included Assistant Principal of Sylmar Elementary, Canterbury Avenue Elementary and Gifted/High Ability Center and Fenton Avenue Elementary, as well as classroom teacher, mentor teacher, and School Improvement/Bilingual Coordinator at Herrick Elementary. In July 1993, the year Fenton was authorized by the Los Angeles Unified School District to convert to charter status, she became the Director of Instruction, and served in that capacity until Executive Director Joe Lucente retirement on June 30, 2005. Since July 1, 2005, she has served as the school's Director. In 1997, Mrs. Sumida received CANEC's (California Network of Educational Charters) Hart Vision Award and Fenton Avenue Charter School was named a California Distinguished School. She has served as a Commissioner (Environmental Affairs) for the City of Los Angeles, and on numerous committees including the Joint Legislative Committee for the Development of the Master Plan for Kindergarten through University Education, State of California, and the California State Superintendent for Public Instruction's Public School Accountability Advisory Committee. Mrs. Sumida currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Alliance of Schools for Cooperative Insurance Programs (ASCIP) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA).