California School of the Arts  San Gabriel Valley
1401 Highland Ave.
Duarte, CA 91010

CSArts-SGV Main Phone Number

657-321-4000

To contact the Arts Conservatory Leadership team, visit Areas of Study.

William Wallace, Ed.D.

William Wallace, Ed.D.

Principal

william.wallace@sgv.csarts.net

William Wallace serves as the principal of California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley (CSArts-SGV). Previous to this appointment, Dr. Wallace served at Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) as dean of facilities & supervision, where he oversaw the expansion of the school from 1,800 students to its current size of nearly 2,200. He also assisted in supervising the construction of OCSA’s premier dance, music and science building, which was inaugurated in August of 2015. Dr. Wallace has also served as OCSA’s assistant principal of student services.

Dr. Wallace began his career as an English teacher at Belmont High School in downtown Los Angeles. While there he, along with five other colleagues, started a performing arts magnet program on Belmont’s campus that is still active today. Dr. Wallace has also served as assistant principal of pupil services at Buena Park High School, which is his alma mater. While there, he oversaw a six-year increase in the school’s API from 662 to 738. During his tenure, Buena Park High School won two Golden Bell Awards, was recognized as a California “Beating the Odds” school, and was noted four years in a row as a Newsweek top 1,000 school. Additionally, Dr. Wallace oversaw the creation of a specialized program for students with emotional disturbance, which set the standard for similar programs in the area. Dr. Wallace also previously served as an administrator at Troy High School in Fullerton.

Dr. Wallace taught Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate English at Fullerton Union High School previous to becoming an administrator, and also served as the director of Fullerton Union High School’s International Baccalaureate Program.

Dr. Wallace holds a doctorate in education and a master’s degree in educational leadership from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), as well as a degree in English from the University of California, Irvine. He holds administrative credentials from CSUF, and a professional clear teaching credential in English.

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Abbe Levine

Abbe Levine

Dean of Arts

abbe.levine@sgv.csarts.net

Abbe Levine serves as the Dean of Arts at California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley (CSArts-SGV). Previous to this appointment, Ms. Levine served at Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) as director of arts enrichment and program expansion.

Ms. Levine began teaching at OCSA in 2004 and eventually became the co-director of the Creative Writing Conservatory, during which time she implemented innovative community programming and collaborative arts projects. Ms. Levine was selected as a Gluck Teaching Fellow in 2011, and in 2014, she was featured in Orange County magazine Riviera's "Arts and Power" issue for her professional and educational contributions to the local arts community.

Professionally, she has optioned a screenplay to the Hallmark Channel and her plays have been produced throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. Ms. Levine was a founding member of Fell Swoop Playwrights and an inaugural resident of the Play Lab at the Ruskin Group Theatre. Ms. Levine’s play, Puppets, was a semi-finalist (top 10) for the prestigious Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards and her screenplay, Rainbow Sand, placed in the top 15% in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships.

Ms. Levine holds her BFA in writing for screen and television from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and her MFA in creative writing and writing for the performing arts from University of California, Riverside.

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Nicole Read

Nicole Read

Assistant Principal

nicole.read@sgv.csarts.net

Nicole Read joined the Orange County School of the Arts in 2007 as an AP United States history teacher. She continued to teach APUSH for the next eight years at OCSA, participating in the College Board’s annual AP exam reading as well. She has a bachelor’s degree in history and a teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University, and her administrative services credential from the School Leadership Program at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Ms. Read has served as OCSA's learning specialist and mentor to new teachers for the last three years, and is now joining the California School of the Arts - San Gabriel Valley team as assistant principal. She is passionate about working with students and teachers to create environments that are rigorous, engaging, and innovative.

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Stephen Cook, D.M.A.

Stephen Cook, D.M.A.

Associate Dean of Arts

stephen.cook@sgv.csarts.net

Stephen Cook received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of South Carolina, where he studied composition with Dr. Samuel Douglas and piano performance and pedagogy with Dr. Max Camp. Dr. Cook additionally studied with Edith Oppens at the Aspen School of Music and Dr. Manuel Alvarez at the Conductor's Institute, University of South Carolina. While completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, Dr. Cook served as an assistant lecturer in the keyboard studies department under the direction of Stewart Gordon.

From 1996-2012, Dr. Cook served on the faculty of the Colburn School of Performing Arts; he was also the Director of the Pianist Program at Orange County School of the Arts from 1996-2004. Dr. Cook served on the Executive Board of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, and he is a former research program specialist with the Music Intelligence Neural Development Institute at the University of California, Irvine. He currently holds a faculty appointment at the Pasadena Conservatory and was an Associate Professor at Whittier College from 2002-2017.

Stephen Cook is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for such organizations as the Music Teachers’ Association of California, the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, and the Southwestern Youth Music Festival. Past activities include: the adjudication of the Pro-Romania International Piano Competition in Bucharest, Romania, performance and master classes in Tokyo, Japan, and Carnegie Hall in New York City, as well as numerous concert appearances with Broadway talent Susan Egan. Dr. Cook was the Musical Director, Arranger, and Composer for: Into the Woods, Urinetown: The Musical, Kiss Me Kate, Man of La Mancha, Cabaret, Beowulf, The Crucible, Romeo & Juliet, Hairspray, Rent, Next to Normal, others.

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Mindy Shiroma

Mindy Shiroma

School Counselor

mindy.shiroma@sgv.csarts.net

Mindy Shiroma joined the Orange County School of the Arts in 2012 and currently serves as a High School Counselor at CSArts-SGV.  Previously, she served on the counseling staff for Newport-Mesa Unified School District and Arcadia Unified School District.

Originally from the Seattle area, Ms. Shiroma relocated to California in 2001 to attend California State University, Long Beach where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, while continuing to pursue her creative passions -- theater and dance. She also attended Eastern Washington University where she earned her Master of Science degree in Applied Psychology: School Counseling.

Additionally, Ms. Shiroma is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) who also holds a College Counseling Certificate from UCLA and a Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential from the State of California.

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