April 29, 1925 – November 22, 2021 Rosalyn R. Shostak Heyman is a community leader, philanthropist, and lifelong professional educator who served as a teacher, counselor, principal, and assistant principal for the Los Angeles Unified School District. From 1982 to 1990 she was deputy headmistress in secondary education. She was previously the director of Berendo Junior High School in Los Angeles from 1974 to 1982.
During her work as an educator, she brought many innovations to her district, such as the establishment of the first computer-based classes in the country and the creation of mini-courses for enriched, focused learning. She produced a video algebra course, launched career center programs for high school students, and published numerous courses, articles, and multimedia presentations.
Ms. Heyman has received many awards in her career, including: the American Educators Medal from the Freedom Foundation in Valley Forge, the Apple Award from the Mayor of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County’s Citizen of the Month, the Certificate of Merit from the Human Relations Commission and the award for outstanding achievements by the school principals. She was named a 2006 UCLA Outstanding Alumnus, School of Education, and Berendo Junior High named her auditorium in her honor.
Ms. Heyman was a community activist and provided leadership and resources in a variety of causes. She has served in organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, the Salvation Army, the Soroptimist Club of San Fernando Valley, and the Coordinating Council of Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, and Encino. She is currently the governor of the UCLA Foundation.
Ms. Heyman earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1946 and her master’s degree in education in 1950, both from UCLA. Ms. Heyman is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Published by Los Angeles Times on December 3, 2021.