Our School

Meet Our Principal

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Dr. Charlene Shimada

“We’ve lived in Downey for over 20 years. Both my son and daughter went to Lewis, Sussman and graduated from Downey High School. I am loyal to our school district because my own children enjoyed their schools, teachers, and friends. They were both prepared for college; they are globally competitive; and, they are citizens of strong character. Gratefully, our two kids graduated USC with their Bachelor’s degrees. My son continued on to receive his Masters in Social Work and my daughter is working on her Ph.D. in Sociology!

I taught 1st grade in Glendale Unified for 5 years. I returned to teaching in Downey where I taught 1st and 5th grades at Lewis. At Carpenter, I taught 5th grade and was a Categorical Teacher. My career as principal started 6 years ago here at Alameda. Every day I am blessed by our students, families, and staff. “

Fun Facts:

  • During her senior year, Dr. Shimada was the high school mascot/cheerleader!
  • She wanted to grow up to be a police officer.
  • Dr. Shimada believes in WORK HARD – PLAY HARDER!
  • With an entire family of USC graduates, the Shimadas are loud and proud Trojans! Fight On!
  • In May 2019, Charlene received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership (EdD).


Our Mission

At Alameda, our staff strives to create a place for kids to feel successful and be the best person they can be. We will utilize and develop resources to empower the school, home, and community. We are committed to developing compassionate, responsible citizens who will be confident, creative, and productive members and leaders of a global society. Our pledge is that all Alameda students will graduate high school; we are sure to see our alumni making a positive difference in the world!

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Our Vision

All Alameda students will graduate high school!