Our Mission: The Novato Unified School District is an innovative and effective education system that provides diverse academic experiences to meet individual student needs, and challenges students to realize their educational potential.
Our Vision: We at SJMS inspire and empower each other to be lifelong learners, community builders, and change makers.
Values learning and is motivated to gain new knowledge
Perseveres through challenges in the learning process
Examines different points of view
Models empathy, respect, and responsibility
Demonstrates collaboration, camaraderie, and values differences
Seeks global awareness and forms relationships with the greater community
Advocates for self and others
Leads by example
Searches for ways to improve school and community
MA Educational Leadership and Administrative Services Credential, San Jose State University
Single Subject Teaching Credential, Social Science and English, San Jose State University
B.A. English, Bucknell University
I am so excited to join the family at San Jose Middle School. I am grateful to join a staff of caring and experienced teachers who work together to prepare our students for high school, college, careers and life! This year, we will continue our work on the vision of the school – to “inspire and empower each other to be lifelong learners, community builders, and change makers.” Our teachers will continue to implement Project Based Learning (PBL) to engage students deeply in learning, encourage collaboration, inspire critical thinking, and build communication skills. In our newly air conditioned rooms, we will continue to work to model curiosity, community building, and leadership. Our technology continues to expand as we will issue chromebooks to all sixth and seventh grade students. We are SO grateful to our community for support of the bond and for the many other ways that we are supported here at school. We thank you for entrusting your students to us, and hope that you will work with us in providing the best and most comprehensive learning environment possible.
By way of introduction, although this is my first year as a principal, I have been a high school assistant principal for 11 years – first in San Jose (Ironic?) and then in Petaluma. I began my teaching career in San Jose as a 7th grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher in a performing arts school. I still live in Petaluma, but I am excited to get to know more about Novato. I really enjoy community and school events, so I am sure that our paths will cross.
We look forward to working together with our community for the benefit of this precious resource – our children. Thank you so much for your hospitality; we are anxious to welcome you at school! Go Scorpions!
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M.A. Education & Administrative Services Credential, S.F. State University
Single Subject Teaching Credential, Biological Sciences, CSU Chico
B.S. in Microbiology & Minor in Chemistry, CSU Chico
I began my educational career in Marin County primarily as a middle school science teacher over a decade ago joining NUSD in 2007. Since that time, I’ve been lucky enough to have my roles and responsibilities expanded until the accumulation of these experiences warranted consideration for becoming an administrator. My first administrative foray was in 2015 as part time assistant principal at San Jose. I left at the end of the year for a full time position at White Hill Middle School in Fairfax which introduced me to new systems and processes geared for student success. When the San Jose Assistant Principal job opened up that summer, it was an opportunity that could not be passed up. Being a Novato resident with two small children, it’s a wonderful feeling to work within my community while still being close to family. My wife is a kindergarten teacher in Larkspur and truly appreciates my proximity to preschool and daycare. Family obligations aside working at San Jose gives me the ability to accomplish both my personal and professional goals to create more equitable outcomes for all students while individualizing their experience, and additionally leveraging public institutions to improve life circumstances for friends, acquaintances and neighbo