Corte Madera School dean named 'administrator of the year'


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 came to Corte Madera (a fourth through eighth-grade school) in 2011 as a counselor. She has worked on many program, including a new student-centered schedule, a progressive discipline policy, service learning, a health and wellness grant, a tutorial program, a campus-wide Ability Awareness Week, and an anti-bullying initiative.

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."

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1 person likes this
Posted by Notable Fact
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 11, 2015 at 11:35 am

Ms. Shima is also married to Menlo Park City Councilmember Ray Mueller.

6 people like this
Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Mar 11, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Ms. Shima is the best and we are so lucky to have her at CMS!

1 person likes this
Posted by PV Parent
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Mar 11, 2015 at 8:16 pm

Ms. Shima is amazing. We are very fortunate to have her in our school district. An honor much deserved!

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