Superintendent of Schools and Superintendent of Education



It is with great enthusiasm and pride that we welcome you to the Montebello Unified School District, a world-class learning institution with a commitment to student excellence.

We are proud of the many accomplishments of our students, not only in academics and the arts, but also in athletics and other campus activities that our schools offer. Many of our graduates go on to attend a wide variety of post-secondary schools to continue their education and ultimately achieve their goals and dreams.

Montebello Unified is fully committed to preparing every student for college or to enter today’s workforce. We do this by providing access to the highest quality instruction along with a rigorous academic program and targeted resources, support and interventions.

Our schools offer Advanced Placement and college preparatory courses, career technical pathways and foreign language programs while effectively integrating technology into the curriculum.  Our attendance rates and Academic Performance Index (API) scores have been on a continuum of improvement and we anticipate that our positive progress will continue.

We are dedicated to providing a safe learning environment that fosters growth and inspires excellence. We are fortunate to have a community and a Board of Education that strongly supports our schools and our children. We look forward to continuing to work as a team for the benefit of every student in the Montebello Unified School District.


Cleve Pell                                   Susanna Contreras Smith
Superintendent of Schools         Superintendent of Education


Cleve Pell

With extensive experience and training and a strong commitment to public education, Cleve Pell was appointed as the Superintendent of the Montebello Unified School District in June 2010.

After serving in the U.S. Navy, Pell graduated from Arizona State University and became a public school educator in 1964. He has served in the Montebello Unified School District as a Math teacher, Counselor, Football Coach, Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant Director, and Director of Adult Education. His commitment to MUSD students, teachers and parents is legendary and exemplifies the mission of public education.

As Superintendent, Mr. Pell opened the new Applied Technology Center (ATC), a comprehensive high school that links college-focused instruction with state of the art technical training. It provides students with challenging academic components to prepare students for success in California’s community colleges and universities, as well as in apprenticeships and other postsecondary programs. He has also presented a balanced budget through the trying times we have experienced these last four years. He is committed to having an outstanding teacher in each and every classroom to provide a transforming effect on the lives of our 30,000 plus students.

Susanna Contreras Smith

Known for her experience, dedication and passion for education, Superintendent Susanna Contreras Smith earned her bachelor’s, master’s and teaching degrees, as well as her administrative credentials. She formerly worked for 12 years in the El Rancho Unified School District, serving as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction before being promoted to the Assistant Superintendent of Education. The East Los Angeles native has also served as a Assistant Principal, Principal. Her extensive history in education also includes 17 years as a classroom teacher.

Superintendent Contreras Smith is recognized for her collaboration with all district stakeholders to continue the district’s mission to make every MUSD student college and career ready.

Vision Statement

We Value - An organization culture based upon both individual strengths and relationships in which learners flourish in an environment of collaboration, freedom of expression, high expectation and relationships
We Commit to - Continually refining our efforts to provide educational equity and high expectations for all students as we prepare them for success in college, career and beyond
We Believe - In developing and nurturing all of our students and staff through continuously creating conditions that promote rigor, relevance and relationships through our organization

Mission Statement

Mission - We promote rigor, relevance and relationships. We continually refine our organization so that all learners have the opportunity to think critically, establish relationships, collaborate and communicate effectively as we prepare them for success in college, career and beyond.


The Montebello Unified School District is a learning organization guided by a Vision, Mission, and Graduate Profile

  • Prepare students, Transitional Kindergarten through twelfth grade, for college and career
  • Learn continuously to ensure college and career ready students
  • Maintain safe and innovative environments that foster learning
  • Engage parents and community in the process of student learning
  • Align fiscal resources to support student learning.