Pierre Codio – Principal
Pierre Codio was born to Haitian immigrants and was the first in his family to be born on American soil. With his academic prowess, Pierre was able to attend Harvard-Westlake School, where he graduated in 1996 with his high school diploma. Wanting to leave the state for his collegiate studies, Pierre attended Boston University in Massachusetts.
As an undergraduate student, Pierre was extremely active on campus. He was the chapter president of his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., in which he also held regional and national positions. Furthermore, he was treasurer of the Black Student Union, Umoja, and was elected to be the Multicultural Events Chairman of the entire school his senior year. His popularity with his friends and peers on campus earned him the nickname “The Mayor of Commonwealth Avenue,” after the street on which the university resides.
It was at Boston University that Pierre developed a passion for education, which led him to begin working as a school teacher at his alma mater, Tom Bradley Elementary School, immediately after college. Pierre was so elated to return to the community that helped raise him that he spent ten years there while taking the most challenging assignments available. He served as the grade level chairperson, health education coordinator, head mentor teacher, and governed the campus in the absence of administrators.
Additionally, Pierre was the lead teacher for a special LAUSD-sponsored program titled “Boys Uplifted,” where he was commissioned to teach all-male classes. These classes were very successful and produced highly celebrated standardized test scores and academicians.
Harboring an interest in business, Pierre decided to take a sabbatical from the classroom to run a financial services company with his wife. After some time however, Pierre began to miss the daily interactions he had with students, and he decided to return to his first passion. Pierre’s decision led him to the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles, where he worked with 8th graders for two years at Downtown Value School. He enjoyed preparing these students for high school, organized fund-raisers, college tours, camping trips, and banquets. His primary goal was to create a bridge whereby his students would be enriched academically, while developing a sense of self-worth.
Education and Community Involvement
Mr. Codio has a Master of Arts Degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he majored in Educational Administration. Currently, he is pursuing his doctorate at the University of Southern California (USC) in K-12 Urban Education. Furthermore, he is currently active in various community endeavors, including serving as the Vice President of the Southern California State Youth Department of the Church of God in Christ. He also serves as the International Vice President of the Young Men of Valor Committee of the same religious organization. Mr. Codio strongly believes in the value of spending one’s time serving the youth of America.
Mr. Codio is happily married to his lovely wife Shavon of four years and subscribes to the following credo: “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain.”