Last week, the Mountain View Whisman School District announced that Carmen Mizell, manager of student information and technology at the Sunnyvale School District, will replace Tarazi to head Castro and to attempt to bring unity to the PACT and Dual Immersion programs at the site, as well as to raise test scores at a school that has failed to meet federal targets for three years in a row.
"We are so thrilled to find someone with extensive experiences and leadership skills," said Assistant Superintendent Mary Lairon.
Mizell has worked in administration for a decade and says she's eager to return to school.
"To me, there's just something about working with kids where you can see growth and it comes back to you tenfold," Mizell said. "I think I've made a really great choice and I'm happy they chose me. It's really where I feel I belong and it's where I can contribute the most."
Prior to managing attendance, instructional technology and graphics in Sunnyvale, Mizell taught in myriad environments, including bilingual, year-round kindergarten, English as a second language, middle school migrant programs and gifted classes. She has taught in Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and California.
"First and foremost, I'm a teacher at heart," Mizell said.
Mizell grew up in a bilingual household in Houston, Texas, and is fluent in Spanish, which she will use as principal of a school with a large number of children with Spanish-speaking parents.
"I'm very proud of where I came from, so I can give a good perspective on what you can do when you persevere," she said.
Mountain View Whisman had two principal vacancies this fall. The district hired former Sacramento-area principal Phyllis DeMattos in early May to head Landels and replace interim principal Jerry Davis.
Tarazi will move with her family to Manhattan, where her husband accepted a job as an accountant. Her last day was June 15. Mizell will begin Aug. 7.
At the June 28 board meeting, community members and Castro families may meet Mizell at a reception.