Georgia Lazo Appointed to Lead UCLA Lab School

UCLA alumna and founding principal of UCLA Community School follows footsteps of noted educator Corrine A. Seeds as the fourth to lead UCLA Lab School.

The UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies has appointed Dr. Georgia Ann Lazo as principal of the UCLA Lab School.

“Dr. Lazo joins a brilliant line of education leaders, including the famed Corrine A. Seeds as the principal of a storied institution that has played a long and critical role in education in Los Angeles and at our university,” said Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. “She is a proven and talented leader and we are thrilled to welcome her to the Lab School and to UCLA.”

Dr. Lazo received her Master of Arts degree and Doctorate from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and brings with her 28 years of school-based experience, including serving as founding Principal of the UCLA Community School in Los Angeles. Most recently, she served as a Director of Instruction for the Los Angeles Unified School District, supervising and evaluating 15 principals and overseeing school curricular programs for more than 10,000 students, including courses in STEM, Dual Language and Linked Learning, and Visual and Performing Arts.  She is also a lecturer in the UCLA Principal Leadership Institute where she co-teaches a course in Democracy and Accountability.

“I think UCLA Lab School is a very special and unique place and I am thankful the Lab School community has put their trust in me as their new principal,” Lazo said.  I’m excited about the opportunity to join in and expand the school’s great work and really looking forward to meeting and getting to personally know all of the students and families and teachers and staff.

UCLA alumna Georgia Lazo will serve as the new principal of UCLA Lab School, a research-based school on the Westwood campus. Courtesy of Georgia Lazo

“I am also very excited about working with UCLA and furthering the relationship with faculty and researchers at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.  I see myself as a conduit or bridge for a two-way flow of information between the Lab School and the University. The Lab School can really learn and benefit from the research being done at UCLA, but at the same time, researchers and faculty members can really learn a lot from students and teachers at the Lab School that can inform research and practice and benefit others. That reciprocal learning is very important to me.”

Dr. Lazo’s range of experiences will help expand the work of UCLA Lab School both locally and internationally. As one of the jewels of UCLA and a critical element of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA Lab School provides students with high quality educational opportunities and has long served as a place of research and exploration for reimagining, informing and modeling practices for the larger K-12 educational community.

“I am excited about the role Dr. Lazo will play in bringing the Lab School to the next level of excellence, innovation and achievement, Suárez-Orozco said. “As we prepare to celebrate UCLA’s centennial, Dr. Lazo’s addition to the school and our university community could not be more timely for breaking new ground.”

Dr. Lazo was selected as the new principal for UCLA Lab School through a systematic and extensive national search and careful consideration of many highly qualified finalists.  The process was guided by the Principal Search Committee, including Lab School teachers, staff and parents, as well as faculty members and staff from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Additional support of the search process was provided Allison Wyatt, a Partner at Edgility Consulting.  The Committee’s recommendation to hire Dr. Lazo was unanimous.

Dr. Lazo joins an esteemed group of educators including Seeds, Madeline Hunter, and former UCLA Education Dean John Goodlad, and most recently Normal Silva, to serve as leaders of the UCLA Lab School. Silva served as principal of the Lab School for the past eight years.

“The entire UCLA community is grateful to Principal Norma Silva for her years of service to UCLA Lab School,” Suárez-Orozco said.  “We wish her the very best as she pursues new educational frontiers.”