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June 18, 2008 > New Principals for Eastin, Emanuele

New Principals for Eastin, Emanuele

Submitted By Rick LaPlante

Penny Loetterle, principal of an Orinda elementary school that was named a 2008 California Distinguished School, and Heidi Green, who runs the largest high school
in Oakland, will join the New Haven Unified School District as principals of Eastin and Emanuele elementary schools, respectively, pending approval by the Board of Education.

"A principal's primary role has to be that of the instructional leader at his or her school, and we have found two wonderful instructional leaders in Penny and Heidi," Superintendent Dr. Pat Jaurequi said. "Not only that, I believe we have found two principals with backgrounds and experiences that make them exceptionally good fits
for their schools."

Penny Loetterle has spent the past three years as principal of Orinda's Glorietta Elementary School, which consistently earns a "10," the highest score possible, in statewide school rankings based on student achievement. Eastin also received a "10" this year. Glorietta was also named a 2008 California Distinguished School, an award that Eastin received in 2004.

"I'm particularly excited to have Ms. Loetterle joining our team because she is an experienced leader in Writing Workshop," said incoming Chief Academic Officer Glynn Thompson, referring to the research-based approach to writing instruction and improving literacy being incorporated at all New Haven elementary schools.

Ms. Loetterle previously spent three years as principal of Rancho Elementary in Novato and three years as principal of Fanning Elementary in Brea, Orange County. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, she earned her teaching credential at California State University, Hayward, her master's degree at Pepperdine University and her administrative credential at the University of California, Irvine.

Ms. Loetterle will replace John Mattos, who is leaving Eastin to become principal at Alvarado Middle School.

Heidi Green has been principal for the past two years at Skyline High School, the largest and one of the most diverse schools in Oakland, where she previously served three years as an assistant principal. Ms. Green also has experience as a principal at Fair Oaks Elementary School in Marietta, Georgia. Before that, she spent six years teaching fourth
and fifth grade, at Sunnybrae Avenue Elementary in Winnetka, in the San Fernando Valley, and at Cole Performing and Visual Arts Magnet in Oakland.

"We had eight finalists for our interview committee, which included several Emanuele teachers and classified employees and several Emanuele parents. Heidi was pretty much a unanimous number one choice," Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Derek McNamara said.

A Hayward resident, Ms. Green earned her bachelor's degree at UCLA, teaching credentials at Cal State Northridge and San Francisco State and her administrative credential at Mills College in Oakland. In May, she was awarded a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Mills. She will replace the retiring Marguerite Herrera at Emanuele.

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