Remembering our friend and colleague – Mina Shiratori

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Mina Shiratori, a cherished alumna of PLI (Cohort 8). Mina passed away after battling cancer. She was the esteemed principal of El Marino Language School in Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD) from 2016-2022. Under her leadership, the school earned the honor of being named a California Distinguished School. In 2022, Mina left CCUSD to lead an emerging dual language school in Torrance Unified School District, a position she held until her passing.

Mina left an indelible mark on all who knew her. Her enthusiasm, hope and love for those she served was contagious. PLI honors her life by continuing to embrace her spirit of hope, care, and joy. As we mourn her loss, we also celebrate what she gave to us, an unwavering commitment to equity, an infectious smile that immediately made one feel a sense of belonging, and a creative spirit.