Scott Schmerelson Biography

Scott Mark Schmerelson is a life-long educator who has spent over 35 years working closely with students, parents and his school site colleagues.

Scott began his career as a high school Spanish teacher in Philadelphia and joined the LAUSD family five years later.  His service with LAUSD began with a 12-year stay at Virgil Middle School as a teacher, school counselor and Assistant Principal. He later became an Assistant Principal at Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles for 5 years and the Principal at Lawrence Middle School in Chatsworth for 5 years.  Scott retired as Principal of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Middle School, in South Los Angeles, after 10 years of service that included significantly improving test scores, a deteriorated physical plant, and student, teacher and parent morale.

Scott has been the treasurer of the Middle Schools Principals' Association and is currently the treasurer of the Cuban-American Teachers’ Association.  He is a member of the Association of California School Administrators and served a two year term as President of Region 16.  He is currently the Executive Director of Region 16 which encompasses the entire Los Angeles Unified School District.