Los Altos High School will have a new assistant principal, Suzanne Woolfolk, beginning this July.
She taught Spanish and English language development at Hillsdale High School, and was the adviser for their nationally-ranked yearbook. After that, she was the assistant principal at Burlingame and San Mateo high schools for seven years.
Recently, she was named a 2014 Kent Award Winner by the San Mateo County School Board for creating Family Literacy Nights. The FLNs are weekly events designed to encourage a love of reading in elementary-aged students.
"I am honored to join LAHS and to be accepted into such a talented and admirable professional community. I am eager to learn from current leadership, and to also bring my experiences working with students and instructional programs to benefit our school," Mrs. Woolfolk said.
"When I first met Suzanne, it was clear that she is passionate about students and their academic and personal success. When she talks about her involvement with students you can feel her energy and excitement. I believe that she will make a great addition to Los Altos High School. While I know that she will be missed at San Mateo High School, we are excited and eager to welcome her to LAHS," Principal Wynne Satterwhite said.
Woolfolk will be replacing Cristy Dawson, who served as assistant principal for the past 13 years. Dawson is retiring after a 39-year-long educational career. She joined the district in 1996.
"She has worn many different hats while working at LAHS but the foundation that she has built her successful educational career on is students first. Cristy's energy and passion when it comes to kids is immeasurable," Satterwhite said.
At LAHS's Diversity Assembly last month, staff and students danced and performed to honor Dawson's work with at-risk students and her "commitment to the academic and emotional development of students." She was presented with the "Tireless Teacher" award at the assembly.