Tanisha M. Barnett, Ed.D

Tanisha M. Barnett, Ed.D

Assistant Director


Dr. Barnett brings public, private and charter school knowledge to New West. She has been an educator for 16 years, 12 of which have been spent at New West. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in African American Studies from UCLA. She later pursued further studies in Education at Pepperdine University where she earned her Teaching Credential and Masters Degree. She then went on to earn her Administrative Credential from Cal State University of Dominguez Hills and finally earned her Doctoral Degree from Loyola Marymount University.

Dr. Barnett entered New West as a sixth grade History teacher. She subsequently became the Assistant Principal of New West and served for over eight years. Her most recent position in administration is our Assistant Director.

Dr. Barnett has been involved with and chaired a number of committees throughout her career. She has served in various coordinator roles, including SBAC Testing and CELDT Coordinator, facilitated character education programs, and has played a critical role in many aspects of educational professional development.

Dr. Barnett is a strong advocate of a safe and orderly learning environment for faculty, staff and students. She aims to establish a fair, honest, and respectful school community. Dr. Barnett works tirelessly to create positive home and school relationships while disciplining with integrity and supporting student success. Dr. Barnett’s priority is to keep the atmosphere positive and the lines of communication open among staff, students, and parents.

Dr. Barnett is a very visible Assistant Director; she states that the best part of her job is interacting with students by walking the halls and doing supervision. She gets to know every student and every student gets to know her. Dr. Barnett loves New West, and plans to keep working with students, staff, and community for many years to come.



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