Dear Brookvale Families,
I want to welcome you to the 2016-17 school year. As the Principal of Brookvale and I am proud to represent our wonderful school and very pleased that your family will be a part of the Brookvale community for the upcoming school year.
I look forward to welcoming all students on Wednesday, August 31st. The AM kindergarten and AM Transitional Kindergarten classes will begin at 8:10 AM, the PM sessions will begin at 11:35 AM and grades 1-6th will begin school promptly at 8:15 AM. The first school bell will ring at 8:10 AM for primary and intermediate students.
I value and appreciate the strong partnerships that we have with our school families, and we recognize this is key to a quality education for our children. I know that all of our Brookvale children will bring unique personalities and individual experiences and abilities with them. Our hope at Brookvale is to instill a love of learning in each student and allow them ample opportunities to explore their interests and passions within the school setting. Our Brookvale Vision statement is: Every child valued, inspired, challenged and educated.
Our staff recognizes and appreciates that learning opportunities happen everywhere – in the classroom, on the playground and at home. At school, our outstanding staff and teachers are focused on providing a learning environment where our students feel valued, inspired, and challenged and can thrive to be successful individuals.
Working in partnership with our families, I hope to provide a supportive and safe environment where our young students can take risks, make mistakes but learn from them, build resilience and develop a strong foundation of academic and life skills. Our common goal is to prepare our children for the 21st century and have fun while accomplishing this goal!
Please feel free to email me with any questions, concerns or words of gratitude anytime during the school year. Open communication is the key to a successful school and it is my goal to continue to make our school a success.
My email address is posted below for easy access in communicating with me. I always encourage parents to email me at the address below to ensure the quickest and most efficient response regarding communications.
As I am excited to meet each and everyone of my students and parents, you may want to know more about me. I have included a biography of myself so you can read up on my personal and professional background prior to August 31st.
Being surrounded by educational endeavors is a passion of mine. I attended Humboldt State University in the 1980's and graduated with my bachelor's and teaching credential in 1989. I attended National University to earn my Master's Degree in Educational Administration and also earned my Administrative Credential at National University in the 1990's. I have served as an administrator at the High School, Junior High School and Elementary School level. I have been a school administrator for 19 years and am going on my 11th year at Brookvale. I taught middle school for 11 years in Milpitas where I had the honor of being selected as the Middle School Educator of the Year in 1997 for California, Region 5. I live in Dublin California with my husband of 12 years, Mark Rodriguez. In 2016, I was named the Elementary Principal of the Year for California, Region 6. I have also had the opportunity to be named a Golden Bell Award Winner with the State Department of Education in 1990 for Physical Education. In 1987, at Humboldt State University I received the Female Athlete of the Year Award for Track and Field and held the college record for the discus until 2012. In September of 2016, I will be inducted into my high school's Hall of Fame for athletics at Arcata High School in Arcata California. While at Brookvale Elementary school I have helped our staff and students raise our school's Annual Performance Index by over 100 points. I have authored a few publications during my career and have presented at several California educational workshops within the last 20 years. Here are a few of my favorite things:
Favorite coffee: Skinny mocha's
Favorite ice cream: Anything peanut butter!
Favorite movie: Red Dawn
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite sport: Love the Olympics!
Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 31st! See me in person on the 31st, tell me something you learned about me and I will give you a prize!!! Go Broncos!
510-797-5940 x 52008