Linal Harada received her B.A. in English and her teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University. She also holds a Master's Degree and credential in School Administration from Azusa Pacific University. After teaching English for nine years and serving as a school administrator for 13 years, Harada embarked in 2011 on a new educational mission to help students plan and prepare for purposeful post-secondary education and careers. Ms. Harada hopes to get the message out that today's students need rigorous academic skills AND practical/technical skills to be successful global competitors and contributors. She is passionate about helping students create their own unique college and career paths that utilize their learning styles, personalities, values, interests, and talents. In addition to helping students improve their communication and problem-solving skills, she is on the forefront of addressing the need for what employers call "soft skills," such as integrity, strong work ethic, teamwork, time management, commitment, responsibility, emotional intelligence, initiative, and more. She hopes to produce graduates that are more civically engaged, financially literate, and socially responsible, in order to improve the quality of our global workforce. Ms. Harada has been with El Segundo Unified for the past 15 years. Her adult children are graduates of El Segundo High School.