Dear Cotati-Rohnert Park Community,
I am truly grateful and honored to be selected as the Superintendent of Cotati Rohnert Park. I look forward to meeting and building relationships with the students, staff, families and community partners in the Cotati Rohnert Park School District. Becoming a superintendent has been a dream of mine for years and I am enthusiastic and excited about serving the Cotati Rohnert Park School District.
Most recently, I served as the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services in Petaluma City Schools. In addition, I have served as an Instructional Assistant, Teacher, Academic Coordinator, Director of Special Programs and Principal. In every one of these roles, it has been my great fortune to work with and learn from amazing colleagues and families. My education includes a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership and I am currently completing a Doctorate in Education.
Some of the accomplishments I am most proud of are opening a preschool on a TK-5 school campus to ensure the youngest learners have a solid foundation for kindergarten. In addition, I transitioned the elementary school where I was principal to a community school. We offered wrap around services for families, a robust after school program, parent leadership development and a rigorous academic program. My work with secondary schools includes teaching, curriculum development, administration, social-emotional and behavior support.
My current responsibilities include community outreach, social emotional learning, mental health support, professional development and facilitating the equity team and safety committee. The academic success and social emotional health of our students are the motivation that fuel my passion for equitable educational outcomes for all learners. The student’s well-being and academic achievement are the common interests that bind us and can propel us forward. When we work on common ground, we build inclusivity and inspire everyone to contribute to the greater good.
Community is what drives me and the reason I show up every day. My family taught me early on that a healthy and thriving community matters for our collective future. My mother always said, “we are not ok until we are all ok.” Education is a place where opportunity and growth happen and I want to be a part of creating conditions for academic excellence and social well-being for “all our children.”
The CRPUSD mission captured my attention and drew me here, “A district where all students are welcomed, valued, engaged and excited about learning. Students graduate with excellence in critical thinking, a love of learning and are prepared to move successfully in the world and life. Every staff member, working as a team, helps to create a community of continuous learning, equity and opportunity for all.” These ideas are critical for the success of students in our ever-changing world. As we begin our work together in Cotati Rohnert Park my focus will be on:
Building relationships and understanding the hopes and dreams of the school communities through one-on- one meetings and being present on school sites.
Review the Local Control Accountability Plan, Comprehensive School Safety Plans, Budgets and Single Plans for Student Achievement to understand how they support the social-emotional and academic needs of our students, staff, and families.
Continue to support the outstanding teaching and learning in CRPUSD that meets the needs of students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
This is an exciting time for CRPUSD and I am honored to be a part of the journey. Together we will create an excellent learning environment for our students. My door is always open and I look forward to meeting all of you and the years of good work together.
Superintendent, Cotati Rohnert Park School District