Modesto schools safety, discipline chief named

Modesto City Schools has recruited from Sacramento again.

Daisy Lee, who worked under Superintendent Arturo Flores in the Sacramento City Unified School District, joined Modesto schools Monday as associate superintendent of administrative and pupil services.

Lee will oversee safety, discipline and counseling services for nearly 30,000 Modesto students.

"My background is in curriculum and instruction, but I have a very strong passion in looking at a student as a whole child -- taking a look at what they need emotionally, physically, mentally and healthwise," she said.

Lee replaces Jim Pfaff, who left the post last summer to become director of state and federal programs. Pfaff had held the job since 2000.

In Sacramento, Lee served as the administrator of academic achievement, supporting high school principals during a reform effort called e21, or Education 2100. That reform divided large high schools into "learning communities" based on certain subjects and also created smaller high schools with roughly 500 students each. She also was in charge of helping district schools improve their curriculum and teaching methods.

"Daisy is just an outstanding educator," said Flores, who had worked with Lee in Sacramento since 1991. "She knows curriculum and instruction better than a lot of people. She brings a lot."

Flores started as Modesto schools superintendent in July.

Lee was principal at C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento for six years. During that time the school earned earned a California Distinguished School award.

Lee grew up in Hong Kong and came to the United States after earning a scholarship to attend West Liberty State College in West Virginia.

Bee staff writer Merrill Balassone can be reached at mbalassone@modbee.com or 578-2337.