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Menlo-Atherton taps insider as new principal

Original post made on May 27, 2021

The Sequoia Union High District officials chose Vice Principal Karl Losekoot to lead Menlo-Atherton High School after Principal Simone Rick-Kennel steps down this summer.

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Posted by Charlene Margot
a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on May 27, 2021 at 1:26 pm

Charlene Margot is a registered user.

Congratulations to Karl Losekoot, a well-deserving selection to lead Menlo-Atherton! Karl knows M-A well, and he will work hard to maintain the excellence of Menlo-Atherton High School.


Posted by Eric Hartwig
a resident of another community
on May 27, 2021 at 4:33 pm

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Great call by the M-A search team. Karl Losekoot knows the waters, and his steady hand on the tiller will assure a successful transition out of distance/virtual/hybrid into an even better normal. Congratulations, M-A.


Posted by Matthew Zito
a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on May 28, 2021 at 10:14 am

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Karl will make an excellent principal. I’m delighted that he was selected to lead Menlo-Atherton.

He was an excellent teacher and administrator when I was principal and has the full support and confidence of Simone Kennel as she transitions out-of-the school.

Karl will be able to skillfully lead the school out-of-covid and through its next set of challenges. It’s good to know that M-A is in good hands.


Posted by Alicia Gonzalez
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 28, 2021 at 4:54 pm

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Congratulations to Karl Losekoot! Having known Karl as a teacher and administrator when I was the Principals’ Secretary, I am confident he will continue to lead M-A to the amazing school it is.

I witness first hand his commitment not only to the students, but to parents and staff as well.

A well-deserving selection to lead Menlo-Atherton!


Posted by Simone Kennel
a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on May 28, 2021 at 5:02 pm

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Following comments from my esteemed predecessors, former M-AHS Principals, Eric Hartwig and Matt Zito, I cannot think of a more talented, qualified leader to take on the reigns at M-A. As a colleague, friend and partner for almost 20 years I've seen Karl lead in every role he's had-English teacher, department chair, Administrative Vice Principal and Instructional Vice Principal. He's seen all facets of the school and then some. I know Karl will be a phenomenal leader as the Principal of M-AHS.


Posted by Cindy Folker
a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on May 28, 2021 at 7:04 pm

Cindy Folker is a registered user.

Having had the pleasure of working with Karl Losekoot at M-A for 15 years, I can testify like the other commenters that he did an exemplary job in every role he held- English teacher, English Department Chair, Administrative Vice Principal, and Instructional Vice Principal. Given the breadth and depth of his service, there is no one more qualified than Karl to lead M-A now. Congratulations, Karl! I am very pleased to know that M-A's tradition of great Principals to include Eric Hartwig, Matthew Zito, and Simone Kennel will continue!


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