A veteran educator with nearly two decades of service to San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD) students and their families, Nancy Albarrán was named interim superintendent in September 2015. At the time she was overseeing the Division of Curriculum and Instruction as assistant superintendent. She was permanently appointed SJUSD superintendent in May 2016.
As assistant superintendent, Albarrán 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 the district’s strategic plan. She also served San Jose Unified as 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 dedicated four years serving families in Downtown San Jose 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 an exemplary bilingual program. In addition to her work at Lowell, she 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, Albarrán joined San Jose 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 Jose State University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.