Two new principals for Coastside schools

PRESS RELEASE (2):

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Superintendent Appointment of New Principal for Farallone View Elementary School

The Cabrillo Unified School District is pleased to announce the selection of a finalist for the position of Principal assigned to Farallone View Elementary School. The Cabrillo Unified School District Governing Board will be asked to approve the recommendation to appoint Joy Dardenelle for this position. Currently, Dardenelle is a second grade teacher at Alvin S. Hatch Elementary School in Half Moon Bay. She has also served the Cabrillo District as a literacy coordinator.

Dardenelle earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of Arts Degree in Education from the University of San Francisco. She has cultivated her bilingualism through her experiences living abroad in Chile and Spain as well as in her work with the Spanish-speaking Coastside community. Prior to coming to Cabrillo Unified, she taught in elementary schools in Pacifica and Sunnyvale. Dardenelle makes her home with her husband and two children in Moss Beach.

In the selection process, a diverse group of parents, teachers, classified staff, and administrators chose a slate of seven candidates to interview. The committee selected three finalists for the district administrative team to interview and determine the best candidate. Besides oral interviews, an extensive review of past employment histories for all candidates was performed.

Prior to the selection of the initial candidates, a group of Farallone View parents and employees provided extensive input into what they were looking for in their next principal. Among the key characteristics was the ability to work effectively with the Parent-Teacher Organization to provide additional programs for students and to bring instructional leadership to the school.

As a literacy coach, Dardenelle worked directly with other teachers with the goal of improving instructional practice to meet the needs of all district students. Her extensive background in effective practices to improve literacy instruction makes her an ideal match for the school.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to contribute to my neighborhood community in the role of Principal at Farallone View Elementary School. I look forward to working closely with the students, staff, and families that make Farallone View a great school,” Dardenelle said.

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Superintendent Appointment of New Principal for El Granada Elementary School

The Cabrillo Unified School District is pleased to announce the selection of a finalist for the position of Principal assigned to El Granada Elementary School. The Cabrillo Unified School District Governing Board will be asked to approve the recommendation to appoint Natalie Zisko for this position. Most recently, Zisko worked in the Gilroy Unified School District as a language arts/English language development support teacher at the elementary level.

Zisko is committed to relocate to the Coastside and become an integral part of the El Granada greater community. “I am delighted to become part of the Half Moon Bay community, and I look forward to meeting the staff, students and parents of El Granada Elementary School.”

A diverse group of parents, teachers, classified staff, and administrators chose a slate of six candidates to interview. The committee selected two finalists for the district administrative team to interview the finalists and determine the best candidate. Besides oral interviews, an extensive review of past employment histories for all candidates was performed.

Prior to the selection of the initial candidates, a group of El Granada parents and employees provided extensive input into what they were looking for in their next principal. Among the key characteristics was the ability to build upon the extensive work the school has done to improve student writing and to partner with parent and community groups.

In Gilroy USD, Zisko successfully supported low performing students and English learners to meet grade appropriate standards. She plans to use this experience as a springboard to similar success at El Granada.

“It is an honor and privilege to join the El Granada family,” said Zisko. “Together, we will continue to provide a wonderful educational experience for the children of the El Granada Elementary School. I look forward to a positive and productive school year.”

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