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Employee Spotlights

There is amazing work happening on every campus and in every department at PUSD.

Each month Superintendent Brian McDonald and PEF features a different PUSD department to shine the light of recognition on some of our brightest and most committed staff. These PUSD employees deserve a special "shout out" for their excellence. We are #PUSDproud!

December 2016 – ATHLETICS Department

Janel Coburn, Volleyball Coach at Blair School.  Ms. Coburn has been the head coach with Blair High School's volleyball program for one year. She is currently a substitute in PUSD.  She loves the energy it takes to be a teacher.  Ms. Coburn is best known for bringing information to life!  She loves the opportunities to be silly and help her students have fun while learning.  Janel definitely brings that energy to the volleyball courts for her players!  She strives to be someone that pushes each student to be better in all aspects of life: sports, academics, and personally.  A bonus is to instil the love of the game.  Overall, she loves  providing a positive female influence for her players. 


Athletic Coaching, Asst.  Varsity Head Coach Cherif Zein, Pasadena High School Boys Soccer CIFF SS Runner UP Championship.  AKA, Sir Lord Don El Rey Arabe Cherif.  This is his 24th year as head soccer coach.   Sir Cherif is a true bulldogs - he loves the PHS traditions and all of his amazing colleagues.  Of course, he is dedicated to his students both on and off of the field.  He enjoys developing the students into athletes while open their minds to their future.

Brian James, John Muir High School.  Mr. James has been a teacher for 24 years and an administrator at John Muir High School for 3 years.  He enjoys pushing student athletes toward perfection and loves the fulfillment on their faces when they actually achieve it.  He also, admits that winning is not a bad thing either.  Mr. James is also a passionate educator off the field.  "Although it may take days, weeks or even years to be realized, I enjoy the opportunity/challenge of making a genuine difference in the life of a young person"  says Brian James