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May 8, 2007 > New principal named at Cesar Chavez Middle School

New principal named at Cesar Chavez Middle School

Alberto Solorzano, who grew up in the New Haven Unified School District and taught and coached at district schools, has been named principal of Cesar Chavez Middle School. Solorzano - an assistant principal and house principal at his alma mater, James Logan High School, for the past four years - will assume his new duties July 1. He will take over from longtime Chavez principal Mireya Casarez, who in February was named to replace the retiring Judy Silver as principal of Conley-Caraballo High School.

"Mireya has set a very high standard at Chavez. It's an honor to replace her," Mr. Solorzano said. "She created a legacy that I hope to continue, and that I hope I can build on by making my own contributions."

Casarez was part of the panel of parents, teachers and administrators who recommended Mr. Solorzano. "Alberto stood out as a candidate," she said, "He was thoughtful, informed, prepared and dynamic. I am excited for him and I am excited for Chavez. I know our parents and staff will give him strong support, and I know he will do a wonderful job."

Mr. Solorzano attended Cabello Elementary School and Alvarado Middle School on his way to Logan, where he was a standout soccer player. He went on to win All-America honors at San Francisco State University where he also earned a bachelors degree in kinesiology in 1995. He then returned to New Haven as a physical education teacher. Mr. Solorzano taught at Cabello and Pioneer elementary schools, Alvarado and Barnard-White middle schools, and then at Logan, where he served as both curriculum leader in physical education and boys varsity soccer coach. He also taught at the old El Rancho Verde High School.

Solorzano moved into administration in 2002, spending one year as an assistant principal at Barnard-White and two years as an assistant principal at Logan before becoming a house principal in 2005. "As a teacher and coach, Alberto has always made great connections with his students, and at the same time he was appropriate, fair and consistent," Logan Principal Don Montoya said. "As an administrator, he has performed very well in a wide range of roles. He was in charge of campus safety as an assistant principal; he supervised more than 30 teachers and 650 students as a house principal; and he also oversaw school-wide curriculum in math, science and physical education." Alberto is an educator and a leader.

Solorzano and his wife, Sylvia, are the parents of a daughter, Talisa, age 4. They live in Union City.

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