Lisa Gonzales, an administrator with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, is the Portola Valley School District board's top choice for superintendent. The board approved her hiring at last night's (July 17) meeting.
Ms. Gonzales has most recently served as director of the STEAM program science, technology, engineering, arts and math at the county office of education, according to a statement released today by the district. Her emphasis was on the visual and performing arts. In her position, she has helped support numerous school districts with implementation of the state's new common core standards,
Before holding her current position, she worked as curriculum developer and teacher trainer at the NASA Ames Research Center, according to her LinkedIn page.
She began her career as a middle school math and science teacher in Daly City, and has served as a middle school assistant principal, high school learning director, and elementary school principal in the Bay Area, the district announcement said.
Ms. Gonzales is vice president of legislative action for the Association of California School Administrators. The American Association of School Administrators honored her with a national Women in School Leadership Award in 2012.
Ms. Gonzales, who replaces Carol Piraino, begins work in the district on Aug. 2.
In the district announcement, board President Jocelyn Swisher praised Ms. Gonzales as "a dynamic, collaborative leader with strong interpersonal skills (who) is proficient with the leading-edge educational practices and technologies."