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Superintendent & Leadership

Erica Balakian
Superintendent
Admin Assistant| Hope Gold

Erica Balakian Biography

Erica Balakian is a leader with 19 years of experience working in the K-12 public education sector. She has held school and central office management level positions with San Diego Unified School District, the Partnership for Los Angeles School (LAUSD), Partners for Developing Futures, the San Diego County Office of Education, and most recently as the Executive Director of General Services with Lemon Grove School District. She has extensive experience successfully analyzing problems and developing solutions, creating systems and managing resources in the areas of Assessment and Accountability, Data Analysis, Strategic Planning, Budget and Finance, Facilities and Maintenance, Food Services, Technology and Training, Purchasing, Inventory, Warehouse Operations, and School Safety.

Ms. Balakian has dedicated her career to improving systems and achieving high functioning school operations knowing that these are foundational elements to accomplishing the student achievement vision and goals of any district. She is honored and excited to be the Superintendent of Lemon Grove School District.

Erica received her certificate in School Business Management through the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California and the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO). Additionally, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from California State University, San Marcos, and a Master’s in Business Administration from San Diego State University.


  Claudia Bender
Acting Assistant Superintendent
Human Resources & Professional Development
Admin Assistant | Melissa Northcutt

  Edward Caballero
Assistant Superintendent
Educational Services
Admin Assistant 
| Delilah Baldwin
Edward Caballero grew up in the small town of San Jacinto, California, where he attended school preschool through community college. Mr. Caballero earned his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Education, bilingual teaching and administrative credential from the University of San Diego. His career in Education began in 1998 and has served as a classroom teacher, technology resource teacher, assistant principal, principal and central office administrator. 
 

  Sheree Stopper
Chief Business Official
Business Services
Ms. Sheree Stopper has proudly served the students, staff, parents and community of Lemon Grove School District since January 2018, most recently as Director of Fiscal Services. In this role, she oversaw Purchasing, Accounting, Accounts Payable, Finance and Payroll. 
 
Prior to coming to Lemon Grove School District she began her career in public education with the San Diego County Office of Education as the Payroll Services Manager, in which she provided technical expertise and advisory services regarding payroll administration to the County Office, School Districts, Community Colleges, and Charter Schools.
 
In August 2018, Ms. Stopper earned her Chief Business Official (CBO) certification through the the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO). Additionally, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Pacific University, and a Master of Science focused in Taxation from National University.