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March 13, 2007 > New Principal to serve at Barnard-White

New Principal to serve at Barnard-White

Veteran educator Karen Saucedo, who started her career as a teacher at Barnard-White Middle School and went on to become the New Haven Unified School District's Director of Special Services, will return to Barnard-White as principal for the 2007-08 school year.

"It's very exciting to be returning to a school site, and I'm especially excited to be returning to Barnard-White," said Mrs. Saucedo, adding that she feels a "special affection" for the school's students, parents and staff. Barnard-White will close at the end of the 2007-08 school year and Mrs. Saucedo said she feels "a responsibility to make it a year we will look back on with pride."

"I enjoyed teaching at Barnard-White - it's where I started my career, and I still have a lot of friends there - and I'm looking forward to being part of that wonderful community again," Mrs. Saucedo said.

Mrs. Saucedo will replace Gustavo Samaniego, who has requested a reassignment.

Mrs. Saucedo began teaching at Barnard-White in 1976 and spent 13 years at the school, including stints as a mentor teacher for new teachers, department head and curriculum leader. She went on to serve as assistant principal at Cesar Chavez and Alvarado middle schools and Hillview Crest Elementary before being named principal of Alvarado Elementary in 2000. She became the District's Director of Special Services in 2004.

"With Karen's experience and professionalism, she would be an excellent principal at any of our schools," Superintendent Dr. Pat Jaurequi said, "but given her love for Barnard-White and her enthusiasm about returning, she's an absolutely wonderful fit and will serve the Barnard-White family of students, parents and staff very well."

Mrs. Saucedo and her husband, George, a geologist with the California Geological Survey in Menlo Park, live in Oakland. Their daughter, Rachel, is a teacher at Alvarado Elementary School, and they have two other grown children, son Greg, who is training to become an emergency medial technician, and daughter Gabriella, a senior at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.

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