June 24, 2020
Dear Croce Community,
It is with great pride and excitement that I introduce myself as the new principal of Croce Elementary. It is truly an honor and a privilege to lead a school with enthusiastic students, supportive families, and a dedicated staff. Croce is a wonderful school and I would like to continue that tradition by providing an atmosphere of openness and collaboration among students, families, and staff.
I have been committed to the field of education for 30 years, having served 6 years in Bay Area schools before dedicating 20 years to Croce as a classroom teacher. After obtaining my Masters in Educational Leadership, I transitioned into the role of Teacher on Special Assignment where I supported English learners, the K-12 ELA programs, Migrant Education, Transitional Kindergarten, and the District Write. I served on various District-level committees and also held the positions of Interim VIce Principal at both East Ave Middle School and Granada High School. I am excited and eager to bring my skills as an educational leader to Croce Elementary.
While we may face many challenges this year, I always search for the positive side. Research tells us that student achievement is tied to the support they receive from adults. This year, my priority is to meet the needs of the whole child. I will support our teachers as they provide exceptional learning opportunities and high quality instruction to all students. And I will collaborate with our entire Croce community by welcoming parents, guardians, and families as partners in their children’s education.
On the personal side, Croce holds a special place in my heart. My daughter attended Croce and has recently graduated from a nursing school in Arizona, where she is currently employed as a nurse in the Neuro ICU of a prominent hospital. The memories of her roaming the campus and attending classes at Croce will always be cherished.
Once again, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to return “home” to partner with you, your children, and our teachers and staff. The relationships between families and the school are vital to the success of our students. I look forward to meeting with you. Next week, I will send information about scheduling an online opportunity for us to meet and share ideas for making Croce an even better school.
Principal of Croce Elementary School