A month after Principal Judy Crates announced her plans to retire this summer, the Mountain View Whisman School District has announced the outgoing principal's replacement, as well as the creation of the assistant principal position, which previously did not exist at the school.
Theresa Lambert, who goes by Terri, will take over as head of Castro in the 2013-14 school year, according to a district press release. Lambert will be joined by Marcela Simoes de Carvalho, who will fill the brand new role of assistant principal — a position created to address Castro's ballooning student population.
According to Craig Goldman, superintendent of MVWSD, Castro is expected to have some where near 650 students next year. That's more than any other elementary school in the district, and even more than Crittenden Middle School, he said.
Additionally, with its traditional elementary school track and its "dual-immersion" Spanish-English program, Castro is a bit like "two schools under one roof," according to Crates. Each program has its own challenges and bringing on a second site administrator will help bring the proper level of oversight to each program.
Lambert and Simoes de Carvalho are each bilingual in Spanish and English, and both have experience with dual immersion programs. Lambert successfully started a dual immersion program in a previous district and Simoes de Carvalho currently teaches a third-grade dual-immersion class at Castro.
Lambert has worked in the field of education for more than 27 years, according Goldman. She has experience working with every elementary school age group and has a track record of successfully accelerating student achievement. She is currently working a masters in educational leadership from San Jose State University.
Goldman said he was personally impressed with Lambert's track record as principal of Rose Fererro Elementary School in Soledad, Calif. "Over the last two years the school has gained 94 points on the (Academic Performance Index)," Goldman said, noting that the school was also nominated for the National Blue Ribbon School award.
Additionally, Goldman said he believed Lambert would be a good fit as she has been following a similar path as MVWSD schools — "implementing Explicit Direct Instruction and Common Core state standards."
Simoes de Carvalho has been in the field of education for 19 years and has been with the district for 17. She has worked at Landels Elementary and in the district office as director of English learner programs and summer school director. She holds a doctorate of education degree in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco.