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Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction seeks to research, develop, and implement curriculum that will increase student achievement both within and outside of our schools. Curriculum and Instruction focuses on how students learn and the best ways to educate. In the Perris Union High School District, our focus is to engage students in the learning process while developing a growth mindset through collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking.


Shannyn Cahoon

Shannyn Cahoon
Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Mark Synnott

Mark Synnott
Coordinator of Educational Services

Beth Heyden

Beth Heyden
Secretary I - Curriculum & Instruction
(951) 943-6369, Ext. 81114

Secondary Academic Coaches

Julie Harris
ELA Academic Coach
(951) 943-6369, Ext. 81129

Matthew Thomas
ELD Academic Coach
(951) 943-6369, Ext. 81128

College and Career A-G Counselors

Cheri Adame
ASPIRE A-G Counselor
(951) 943-6369, Ext. 81127

Christopher Tinajero
ASPIRE A-G Counselor
(951) 943-6369, Ext. 81125

Betty Tran
ASPIRE A-G Counselor
(951) 943-6369, Ext. 81126

Common Core State Standards:

The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the Common Core.

Next Generation Science Standards:

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K–12 science content standards. Standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. The NGSS were developed by states to improve science education for all students.
A goal for developing the NGSS was to create a set of research-based, up-to-date K–12 science standards. These standards give local educators the flexibility to design classroom learning experiences that stimulate students’ interests in science and prepares them for college, careers, and citizenship.