District veteran headed for Hillview principal's office


Willy Haug, Hillview Middle School's associate principal, has been chosen to replace Erik Burmeister as Hillview's principal, Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Maurice Ghysels announced on June. 1.

Mr. Haug, a 19-year veteran of the district, must be formally approved by the school board at its June 9 meeting. Mr. Burmeister will be the district's new assistant superintendent.

"Over his years in MPCSD, Willy has proven himself to be knowledgeable about effective teaching practices, willing to coach and mentor colleagues, committed to equity and diversity, and devoted to the mindsets that allow systems to innovate and people to evolve," Superintendent Ghysels said.

He was chosen from 12 applicants for the position in a process that involved teachers, support staff, parents, site and district administrators, and board members.

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 2, 2015 at 12:58 am

Just curious, has Hillview ever had a female or a person of color as principal?

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Jun 3, 2015 at 8:22 am

I'm delighted to see Willy Haug as Principal of Hillview. We reared our children in MP and were always impressed at his calm and intelligent demeanor. He's a dedicated educator, passionate and compassionate, and always approachable. He's a wonderful role models for students AND teachers. What a GREAT addition to the leadership team! Best wishes to Willy!

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Posted by Hillview alum
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 3, 2015 at 9:04 am

Way overdue.Super guy all around, everything you want to see in an educator. For once, a good decision.

Hillview has always had white male principals.

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Posted by Capability, Not Chromosones
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Willy Haug has been an excellent teacher and a great administrator. He's earned the position and no doubt he'll do well. There was a female vice principal at Hillview before him and in addition to being the opposite sex she was the opposite in every way -- not a role model, not fair nor balanced, not forward-thinking and far from an innovative leader.

It may be true that Hillview specifically has had only white male principals, but all the other three district schools will be led by women -- David Ackerman, the long-serving principal of Oak Knoll is retiring and being replaced by the assistant, Kristin Gracia. MPCD is not always the epitome of good sense and fair play, but its pretty hard to argue with this appointment.

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Posted by Hillview alum
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 3, 2015 at 1:50 pm

To be fair to the former vp, her role was separate but complementary to that of the principal, and they worked well as a team. She wasn't supposed to be heir to the throne, and she herself was clear about not wanting that job. Most people thought Willy would take over after Mike retired, but instead he patiently waited while two other principals cycled through. He is uniquely qualified to combine some of the old favorite Hillview traditions -- some of which were lost in the transitions -- with the newer innovations. I can't think of anyone better suited to the job.

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 4, 2015 at 2:42 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

I would hope that the best qualified person is selected for positions of principle/vice principal, regardless of gender/race etc.

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Posted by Hillview Mom
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 5, 2015 at 7:40 pm

Willy Haug is outstanding. He's intelligent, fair, calm, credible. Can't say that I've met another like him, through many years in many school districts in my life. Where can you find such a competent and likable educator? Don't know, but sure am glad that my child will be at Hillview during Willy's watch.

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