A veteran educator with nearly two decades of service to San José Unified School District (SJUSD) students and their families, Nancy Albarrán was named Interim Superintendent in September of 2015. At the time she was overseeing the Division of Curriculum and Instruction as Assistant Superintendent. She was permanently appointed as Superintendent in May 2016.
As Assistant Superintendent, Nancy worked to increase the instructional capacity of over 1,600 teachers, 60 instructional coaches, and 42 school leaders through professional development and continuous improvement efforts aligned to San José Unified’s strategic plan. She also served San José Unified as its Director of Curriculum, Instruction and EL Services, PreK-5 (2010-2012); Director of Bilingual Education and Special Programs, K-12 (2009-2010); and Manager of Elementary Bilingual and ELD Programs (2007-2009). She also dedicated four years serving families in Downtown San José as Principal of Lowell Elementary (2003-2007). Under her leadership, the school received the California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) Seal of Excellence Award for exemplary bilingual program. In addition to her work at Lowell, Nancy served as an assistant principal at Booksin, Olinder, Washington, and Willow Glen Elementary schools (2002-2003).
A Southern California native from the San Gabriel Valley, Nancy joined San José Unified in 1999 as a Bilingual Teacher at Horace Mann Elementary, bringing a wealth of experience from two of the largest school districts in California, Oakland Unified and Los Angeles Unified, where she began her teaching career. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education, Administration, and Supervision from San José State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.