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New faces populate AUSD

Submitted by on 1, August 31, 2009 – 5:50 amNo Comment

When families return to school today, they’ll be greeted by a host of new faces of folks helming the district and its schools, including new principals at five schools and a quartet of new staffers in the district office.

Bay Farm Elementary’s new principal is Stephen Riave, who has a quarter century of experience in education, the last six of it as the principal of Lincoln Elementary in Richmond. He replaces Jane Lee, who retired from the district this year.

Jo Fetterly will make a homecoming of sorts to Franklin Elementary, returning as principal to a school she one served as a third-grade teacher. Fetterly, who has also run the district’s middle school summer school program (with Babs Freitas, who will become Lincoln Middle School’s vice principal), last worked as a first grade teacher at Bay Farm. She replaces Gail Rossiter, who retired from the district this year.

Alyse Belanger will become principal of Washington Elementary. She replaces Jesse Ramos, who was principal of the school for one year (he replaced School Board Trustee Niel Tam when he retired).

Judy Goodwin takes over Chipman Middle School. Goodwin had been principal at Lincoln Middle and had served before that as principal of Paden Elementary. She takes over for Jud Kempson, who took a job in the Burlingame school district.

Nicole Williams-Browning will take Goodwin’s place at Lincoln (with Babs Freitas as her vice principal). Williams-Browning had been vice principal of Washington Manor Middle School in San Leandro and was also an English teacher at Kennedy High School in Fremont.

Encinal High School has also got some fresh faces: Jonathan Osler will become a vice principal at the school and Tracy Allegrotti its dean of students. Allegrotti has run the school’s college and career center.

The district has a new chief financial officer, Fil Guzman. He replaces Tim Rahill, who left after a year with the district. Looks like Guzman’s last gig was as chief financial officer of the Ravenswood School District in East Palo Alto.

We’ve also got a trio of new folks in charge of education services. Ruben Zepeda is interim assistant superintendent for educational services, filling in for Debbie Wong while she is out on medical leave. Zepeda worked for LA Unified for a long time as a teacher and administrator and also worked as the director of assessment and evaluation for Chino Valley Unified before making his way north.

Robert Shemwell is the district’s new director of compliance and curriculum. Shemwell was the Shasta County Office of Education’s director of instructional services. And last but not least, Rob Siltanen will serve as the district’s director of educational options. Siltanen, a former attorney, had been a government and economics teacher at Alameda High School (he was Alameda County’s teacher of the year in 2002-03) and a local schools blogger.

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