Portola Valley: Corte Madera School principal named

Cyndi Maijala is principal of Bret Harte Middle School in San Jose

Cyndi Maijala, principal at Bret Harte Middle School in the San Jose Unified School District, has been named principal of Corte Madera School, a fourth- through eighth-grade school in Portola Valley with about 350 students.

Lisa Gonzales, superintendent of the Portola Valley School District, who made the announcement Thursday, said Ms. Maijala will start in early August.

Cyndi Maijala. (Photo: Portola Valley School District.)
The decision to hire Ms. Maijala was discussed at a special school board meeting on July 24. She had been unable to attend an earlier final round of interviews due to a family emergency, and the board had appointed an interim principal on July 18. Her contract is expected to be ratified at the next regular school board meeting on Aug. 20.

Ms. Maijala has spent the last nine years as an elementary and middle school principal. "She led (Bret Harte's) transition to the Common Core State Standards and developed systems to ensure an optimal learning environment for all students with a balance of social emotional and academic growth," Superintendent Gonzales said in a press release.

Ms. Maijala was an elementary school principal in the Cupertino Union School District, and was a middle school core teacher (language arts, social studies) and a third- and fourth-grade teacher in the San Jose district.

She has a bachelor's degree in social science from San Jose State University and a master's degree in educational leadership from Santa Clara University.


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Posted by PV Parent
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on Jul 25, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Delighted to see the departure of Michael Corritone. Have every sympathy for his new school district, teachers, parents and students. If his resignation had been announced earlier, perhaps not as many CMS teachers/staff would have resigned this year?

Good luck to Ms Maijala. Plenty of wounds that need healing at PVSD.

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