Q: What do you want the students and community of PHS to know about you?
A: “They should know that I’m a people-person but kind of crazy. I will be walking around at some point in time with purple and white tennis shoes. I like to have a sense of humor, but I also want to create an environment where there is powerful teaching and learning. I’m very much a ‘roll up my sleeves’ kind of person when it comes to digging into the work that I need to do. I’m excited about being here.”
Q: What is your experience as an administrator?
A: “I have been a school administrator since 1995. I have been an assistant principal for a high school for two years. I’ve been a coordinator for a technology high school which I helped start for several years. I have been an elementary school teacher for four years and I have been a high school principal for about 16 years and also during that time I coordinated the technology of the school district as well as served as a student services administrator. And so I have about 22 years as a student administrator.”
Q: What made you want to become an educator and administrator?
A: “I would say the thing that drives me the most is wanting to make the difference in the lives of young people. And so that’s what led me to becoming a teacher. There were teachers and administrators that were influential in my life that led me to that position. And while I was a teacher I felt a need to try to influence more than just the students that I taught so I became an administrator to do that.”
Q: What compelled you to take the job at Piedmont High School?
A: “About 20 years ago, I visited a school as part of an accreditation visit where a high school, a middle school and an elementary school were all part of the same complex. It fascinated me to the point where I looked around Northern California to see what districts had that and Piedmont was one of them, so I had [Piedmont] on my back burner. About two years ago, the current school that I am the principal at played Piedmont High School in soccer and I happened to be the administrator to supervise that game. It happened to be a game where it rained, and I was wearing flip flops and shorts, and it was pouring rain. I had to put a garbage bag over me so I wouldn’t get wet and I was standing at Witter Field looking up at the school thinking ‘Wow, this is really neat.’ Earlier this year when Mr. Daniels announced his resignation, I happened to see it on the website that has teacher and administrator jobs on it, and I’ve been fortunate to be involved in some STEM programs and art and I realized that this something that I wanted to explore so I just felt like it was the right match.”
Q: What are you hoping to accomplish as you take on the role as principal?
A: “I’m interested in helping our school community meet [their] goals. I have an interest in STEM and arts, so I like the whole idea of having a STEAM building. I have an interest in athletics, so I would like to continue my role and leadership with that [department]. I would like to bring all these things together.