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Administrative Team

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Culver City Middle School Panther's website. CCMS is committed to the academic, social and emotional achievement of all students.  While maintaining high expectations, our faculty and staff create a supportive and nurturing environment that is conducive to learning.  Our goal is to instill in our students a love of learning, while helping them to develop the self-esteem, problem-solving and critical thinking skills that will enable them to lead successful lives, full of opportunities.


As the Administrative Team, we work with all members of the school community to ensure that our students are successful during their time, not only at CCMS, but to shape successful Future Centaurs! We welcome collaboration between school and families, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We look forward to a PAWsitively productive school year for each and every one of our Panthers.





Principal Villafranca fell in love with the teaching profession while working as a special education teacher in LAUSD.  Soon, she discovered she also had a passion for helping English language learners.  Ms. Villafranca became an intervention coordinator and helped support English learner instruction, as well as parent education.  She has worked with students from kindergarten through 12th grade.  For some reason, she prefers middle schoolers and is extremely proud to head the most wonderful middle school in Culver City.  


Her teaching credentials include Multiple Subjects with English Learner Authorization and Education Specialist with Autism Authorization.  Ms. Villafranca holds an B.A. from UCLA in History and Italian Studies and an M.A. from CSUN in Educational Administration.  In her spare time, Ms. Villafranca enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors and listening to good music.

Ms. Markussen

Ms. Markussen began her career in education by teaching 7th grade at a middle school in Iowa. After relocating to Los Angeles in 2000, she taught English at Venice High School, where she also served as the school's testing and magnet coordinator until 2015. From there, she served as a House Principal for three years at Santa Monica High School before coming to CCMS as an Assistant Principal. She is thrilled to be part of the CCUSD family, and is a proud Panther!

Ms. Takahashi

Ms. Takahashi has been with CCMS since 2009. Fluent in Japanese, she was part of the team that implemented the Japanese Immersion Program (JIP) at CCMS, and previously taught seven levels of Japanese language classes. Ms. Takahashi’s many additional roles and accomplishments at CCMS include: associated student body co-advisor, elective department chair, school site council teacher representative, school leadership team member, beginning teacher support & assessment support provider, and California Junior Scholarship Federation co-chair. 


Ms. Takahashi earned her master's degree in Education from University of California, Los Angeles, a master's degree in Literacy and Language Arts Education from Loyola Marymount University, and two bachelor's degrees in English and Asian Literature and Cultures: Japanese from University of California, Riverside.


In her spare time away from campus, Ms. Takahashi enjoys yoga, any water sport, and traveling to Japan to visit family, especially her niece and nephew.