Putting Her Experience to Work
Dr. Raissa White is an educator, artist, and activist with a focus on social justice and equity. She believes that all students will be successful when each child is provided what they need to excel. As a mother of two young men who has navigated LAUSD as a parent while advocating for her child with special needs, she believes that transparency, equity, and access are our north star to setting a course towards nurturing and supporting our children into the 21st century and beyond.
As a union member she has worked locally in United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA), statewide in the California Teachers Association (CTA), and nationally in the National Education Association (NEA) to work on civil rights in education and ethnic minority affairs. For over 20 years she has worked in various capacities in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Her roles have included substitute and classroom teacher, where she pursued and attained her status as a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Childhood Education, mentor teacher, itinerant elementary Theatre Arts teacher, and coach.
Dr. White is a K-12 Arts Specialist, supervising the outstanding teachers of the Arts Education Branch, a department in the Division of Instruction. It is her great pleasure to serve our community by providing arts programming, professional development, and supporting community engagement by ensuring that all students in LAUSD have a well-rounded Arts Education. Whether leading the efforts to ensure 7,600 district middle schoolers attend a professional live theatre performance or collaborating with local film studios to provide high school students opportunities exploring entertainment industry career pathways, Dr. White believes in the power of Arts education and credits her success with her participation in it.
Dr. White graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Emerson College in Boston, a Masters in Education with a focus on Social Justice from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership from Northcentral University. Dr. White serves on multiple boards and committees. Some of these include serving as the president elect of Organization of Management Administrators, the Council of Black Administrators, the chair of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, and the Women’s Sailing Association of Santa Monica Bay which encourages women to learn how to sail.
Dr. Raissa White is passionate and committed to strengthening public education as a common good and fundamental right for all. She firmly believes our public schools are the foundation of democracy and that schools must value and prepare every student to succeed in this beautifully diverse and interdependent world.