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LVUSD Selects Mona White and Marty Freel as New Deans of Safety and Wellness

LVUSD Selects Mona White and Marty Freel as New Deans of Safety and Wellness


The Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) Board of Education and its leadership team proudly announce the appointment of Marty Freel and Mona White as the new Deans of Student Safety and Wellness. These two new positions will be funded through a $1,075,000 grant from the Tobacco Grant Program awarded to LVUSD last spring by the California Department of Justice and Proposition 56 (Prop. 56).  Prop. 56, the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016, was approved by voters in November 2016. The grant award has enabled LVUSD to position itself as a statewide leader in curbing the growing e-cigarette and vaping trend among teens nationwide. The new deans will work with students and law enforcement on proactive education, addiction mitigation, identification of targeted marketing of products to minors, and intervention and referral. 

Mona White has been a counselor at Alice C. Stelle Middle School since 2004.  She has served as department chair, CHOICEs coordinator, Student Study Team leader, and briefly as a dean at Alice C. Stelle.  Ms. White has an extensive background and experience in counseling children and adults on issues of addiction and co-occurring disorders.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from CSU Northridge, and two master’s degrees: Counseling and Guidance from Cal Lutheran University, and Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute.  Mona has a tremendous work ethic, poise, and communication skills that will directly benefit this position and Las Virgenes students.

Marty Freel has been an outstanding Las Virgenes middle school special education teacher for the past five years.  He has taught at both A. E. Wright and Lindero Canyon Middle Schools. Mr. Freel has served as department chair, a member of the Literacy Committee at A. E. Wright, a teacher mentor in the Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) program, and has developed and presented Talent Development sessions. He has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from CSU Channel Islands and a master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University in Special Education. Mr. Freel possesses great interpersonal skills and has demonstrated the ability to build strong, positive, and professional relationships with his colleagues and students.

“Our new deans will allow LVUSD to support students and families in understanding the dangers of high-risk behaviors such as vaping and e-cigarettes,” said Dr. Dan Stepenosky, Superintendent. “Mona and Marty are the perfect combination of teaching and counseling support needed for this position. They will make an excellent team.”  The Deans of Student Safety and Wellness will report to the Educational Services Department and will join the Community 360 Initiative.

Be sure to follow our Deans of Safety and Wellness on Twitter @LVUSDwellness for health and wellness updates, activities, and the ways they will be advocating for the safety and well-being of Las Virgenes students.