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Katherine Whittaker Stopp, Ed.D.

Katherine Whittaker Stopp

Katherine Whittaker Stopp, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services
310-318-7345, x5989


Press Release: MBUSD to Appoint Dr. Katherine Whittaker Stopp as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services


The Manhattan Beach Unified School District is pleased to announce the recommendation of Dr. Katherine Whittaker Stopp as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. Dr. Matthews will be bringing this recommendation to the Board of Trustees at the June 7, 2017, Board Meeting. Dr. Stopp will be replacing Dr. Brett Geithman, who is moving to become the Superintendent of the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District.


Dr. Stopp has proudly served the last 24 years in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. She has taught grades K-5. She has served as a science specialist and a visual and performing arts specialist. She was a teacher on special assignment for writing and literacy. And for the last three years, she has been the principal of Meadows Elementary School.


Dr. Michael Matthews, Superintendent, stated, “We had a highly competitive field of applicants for this position from all over the nation. I believe we have hired the absolute best applicant, and I love the fact that she is one of our own. Katherine has been nothing short of spectacular in every one of the positions in which she served. She loves the students, employees, and parents in each of these positions, and they love her right back. She knows curriculum backwards and forwards, and I know she will be a rock star in this critical position!”


Dr. Stopp added, “I wholly believe in the MBUSD vision and I am invested in the process, the people, and most importantly, the students. I am committed to this community and passionate about curriculum and instruction. To serve MBUSD in this new capacity is both humbling and exciting. I am appreciative of this privilege, and I’ll give everything I’ve got to support every site and everyone.”


Ms. Jennifer Cochran, President of the MBUSD Board of Trustees, commented, “Dr. Whittaker Stopp has already played an instrumental part in curriculum innovation and professional development, and we are fortunate that she will be in a position to help drive both of those things at the district level.”