Kristen Shima, dean of students at Corte Madera School in Portola Valley, has been named by a professional organization as an administrator of the year for San Francisco and San Mateo counties.
The Association of California School Administrators chose her for this honor in her job category, secondary school co-administrator. She will vie for the award on the state level.
Kristen Shima, Corte Madera School's dean of students. (Photo by iClickSmiles.)
Ms. Shima also heads Corte Madera's school safety and climate committee, and manages the school's special student activities, including field trips to Yosemite and Washington, D.C.
Beyond the school, Ms. Shima works on emergency preparedness with the town of Portola Valley and local businesses.
Caitha Ambler, president of the Portola Valley district board, said Ms. Shima is a "dynamic leader with innovative and inspiring ideas."
Corte Madera teacher William Frederick describes her "as a major part of the school's DNA, creating an academic and social milieu that's fun, fair and engaging for all."
"She creates a nice flow from fourth to eighth grade, where students can feel a bigger part of the school, but can also feel a part of their grade and not in a hurry to grow up," said elementary principal Kevin Keegan.
Ms. Shima "is a true team player whose patience and incredible sense of humor, her biggest attributes, help keep the school sturdy and strong," said John Dean, director of learning and media for the district.
Counselor Todd Patterson said Ms. Shima "is a servant leader who wouldn't ask anyone to do something she isn't willing to do herself."