Sharon A. Burns, principal of a Mountain View elementary school of 582 students, will likely be Encinal School's new principal, Superintendent Maurice Ghysels of the Menlo Park City School District announced this week.
Ms. Burns has headed Frank L. Huff Elementary School for the last four years. During that time, she has "overseen the training and certification of all teachers in Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), while at the same time achieving a 30-point API (Academic Performance Index)increase for Latino student (and an 11-point overall increase for the school …)," Mr. Ghysels said in his statement.
Mr. Ghysels and Ms. Burns have worked together before, when he served as superintendent of the Mountain View Whisman School District until he resigned that post in 2010. He is recommending her for the Encinal position, with the school board expected to approve the appointment at its May 8 meeting.
In his written announcement, Mr. Ghysels said he hopes to have a recommendation for a new Hillview Middle School principal for the board's approval at the same meeting, with both new principals beginning their jobs on Aug. 2.
She was "put forward as a candidate for the Encinal principal position by an outside search firm and was identified by our district interviewing panel as a finalist for the job," he said.
Before she became principal of Huff, Ms. Burns "spent 2005-2008 educating and coaching new teachers in the Mountain View Whisman School District," Mr. Ghysels said. "She was one of the inaugural graduates of the Leadership Academy we established in the district when I was superintendent, which was designed to nurture and groom high-performing teachers for leadership positions."
Ms. Burns will replace Allison Liner as principal of the 772-student school in Atherton. Ms. Liner will leave her post at the end of the school year to become the district's chief learning officer.