Sandra Lyon, Ed.D.
Palm Springs Unified School District Superintendent of Schools
CCEE Governing Board Member
Appointed by the Governor
Sandra Lyon, Ed.D. became Palm Springs Unified School District’s Superintendent of Schools on July 1, 2016. PSUSD is a Pre-K through 12 District with approximately 23,000 students served at 25 schools and early childhood education sites.
Now in her 30th year in education, Sandra previously served as superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, chief leadership officer for the Palmdale School District and superintendent / principal at Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes School District in the Antelope Valley.
In her 30 years in education, Dr. Lyon has been in a variety of roles: English teacher, Title 1 coordinator/ at-risk teacher, assistant principal, principal at both the elementary and middle school levels, and director of curriculum, instruction and assessment. She also spent two years as a consultant for Thinking Maps, Inc., training teachers and administrators throughout the state of California.
Dr. Lyon earned her bachelor of arts in journalism from San Francisco State University and began her career in journalism and public affairs with a position with Time Magazine, then Mount Zion Medical Center. Her career aspirations then turned toward teaching and she earned her master’s degree in education – curriculum and instruction from Cal State Bakersfield, and her credential in English / language arts. She earned her Tier 1 and 2 education administration credential from Cal State Bakersfield. She recently earned her Doctorate from the University of Southern California Organizational Change and Leadership Doctoral program.
Dr. Lyon has been a member of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) since 1998 and was honored with the prestigious ACSA Region XIV Administrator of the Year award in 2014. She was recently chosen as president-elect for ACSA Region XIX. She is also a member of the Southern California Superintendents Association, the Palm Springs Leadership Association, a board member of the OneFuture Coachella Valley and the Ophelia Project as well as other professional organizations.
Dr. Lyon is married to Paul, who is also an educator. She has two adult sons and enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with family and friends in her spare time.