Derek Ihori<br />Director of Pupil Services

Phone: 818-­878-­5216


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Derek Ihori
Director of Pupil Services

Dr. Ihori oversees the Las Virgenes Unified School District’s staff and programs involving students with special needs.  His focuses include program and staff development, implementation of research-based practices, and improving longitudinal outcomes for students with disabilities.

Prior to coming to LVUSD, Dr. Ihori served as the program specialist for the Oak Park Unified School District, where he oversaw their special education, health services, and home hospital programs.  Earlier in his career, Dr. Ihori served as a school psychologist, primarily in the Los Alamitos Unified School District.  As a school psychologist, he conducted psychoeducational and behavioral assessments, developed behavior intervention plans, provided counseling, led social skills groups for students with autism, and instituted a tiered academic/behavioral intervention program at three school sites.  

Dr. Ihori has co-authored two books, titled Addressing Students’ Executive Functioning Deficits to Meet Core State Standards and Your Big Picture, Real-Life Guide to the Entire IEP Process.  In addition, Dr. Ihori co-authored a review of research regarding methods of assessment for specific learning disabilities that was published in the research journal, Contemporary School Psychology.  Several of his other articles have been published by the California Association of School Psychologists.  In addition, Dr. Ihori presents professional development trainings for educators and authored a monthly county-wide newsletter for the Ventura County SELPA focusing on best practices in special education. 

Dr. Ihori earned his B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), his M.S. in Counseling with a specialization in School Psychology from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California (USC).  

It is the mission of the Pupil Services Department to support student achievement to develop successful learners who are prepared for the world of higher education and work in the 21st century.   We support the goals of the Board of Education and the Superintendent for continued academic excellence from a staff that receives professional development in current best instructional practices in a rapidly changing world.   Our mission is to use data-driven decision-making and a continual review of our research-based initiatives to support achievement for all students in Las Virgenes.  Our philosophy is based on the premise that Professional Learning Communities involving all stakeholders -- students, teachers, parents, administrators, and community -- can best determine the support needed to promote student success.