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Letter from the Principal

                                                                                                                                                                                                     January 2018


Dear YOKA Family,


It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as your newly selected Principal of Young Oak Kim Academy. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition of educational excellence. I have served the downtown community as the Principal of Newmark High School for the past 5 years. Prior to that I served the North Hollywood community for 8 years as a teacher, dean and administrator.


Along with the teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established by YOKA by building strong relationships with parents, students and community partners. We will focus on character education initiatives, Common Core skills, the use of data to drive instruction, and to provide consistent implementation of the curriculum in a rigorous manner so that we can assure all students are prepared to compete in a global community.


As your Principal, I pledge to support students, parents and staff members by creating a positive, caring, and nurturing environment. My door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year.  


I look forward to meeting you soon.


With admiration,



Justin Lauer