About Us


    The Peer Assistance & Review (PAR) program is based on a professional system of accountability explicitly tied to the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. It is a model program of teachers assisting teachers. Together with the administrator and participating teacher, the Consulting Teacher establishes an assistance plan based on performance goals guided by the California Standards for the Teaching Profession/LAUSD Teaching and Learning Framework. Utilizing the coaching/observation cycle (plan, teach, reflect, apply), the PAR model provides job embedded learning. In addition, professional development opportunities, instructional resources, video and audio taping, and “model teacher” observations are offered to participants.

    • PAR’s purpose is to improve teacher performance in the classroom.
    • PAR provides instructional support to teachers who have received a below standard evaluation, beginning teachers, and teachers who volunteer for assistance. Click on Request Teaching Support for the Request to Volunteer for PAR Services form.  Teachers issued below standard evaluations are mandated to participate.
    • The PAR program is jointly governed by a panel of teachers and administrators.  One of the main functions of the Panel is to determine and share findings with the Board of Education regarding the participation of mandated participants.
    • Successful teachers are hired through a rigorous interview process as Consulting Teachers to provide intensive one-on-one assistance to teacher participants.
    • To date, the LAUSD/UTLA PAR Program has provided assistance to over 10,000 classroom teachers.


    PAR Panel Members

    Elaine Kinoshita, Co-Chair

    Division of Intensive Support and Intervention
    Local Options Oversight Committee (LOOC)


    Carmen Esterman
    Teacher, Walter Reed MS



    Jacqueline Lopez

       Teacher, Barack Obama Global Prep Academy

    Helen J. Carrillo

    Principal, Belvedere MS


    Elizabeth Castaneda

       Teacher, Loma Vista Elementary



    Brian Simily, Co-Chair

    NBC Teacher, Woodland Hills Academy

    Margaret Kim, Ed.D

    Instructional Director for High School
    Educational Service Center - North


    Brian Muller, Ed.D

                     NBC Teacher, Teacher Advisor                District Intern Program


    Haywood Thompson

    Principal, 54th St Elementary


    Contact Information:

      Susan Masero, Coordinator
       Laura Murphy, Specialist

      333 S. Beaudry Avenue, 14th Floor

    Los Angeles, CA 90017

    Phone:  213 241-5501

    Fax:  213 241-5498

    E-mail:  peerassistance@lausd.net