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New principals taking over at 5 Poway district schools


New principals taking over at 5 Poway district schools

By Blanca Gonzalez

June 2, 2007

Five elementary schools in the Poway Unified School District will get new principals next year, including one from Escondido, one from San Diego Unified and one from Los Angeles.

The new principals and their schools are:

Mark Atkins, Adobe Bluffs in Rancho Peñasquitos:

Atkins, a former assistant principal at Poway High, has been an assistant principal at Escondido High School since 2002. He previously taught fifth, sixth and eighth grade in the Lancaster School District. He also served as dean/vice principal at Antelope Valley High in Lancaster.

Atkins earned his master's degree in educational administration from California State University Bakersfield and his bachelor's degree in history from UCLA. Atkins will succeed Cindy DeClercq who was recently named principal of Willow Grove Elementary, set to open in 2008-09 in Poway Unified's Santaluz community.

Sabriya Pedretti, Tierra Bonita in Poway:

Pedretti has been an assistant principal at Meadowbrook Middle School in Poway since 2002. She taught sixth grade and physical education for the Rowland Unified School District in Los Angeles County. Pedretti worked as an elementary school teacher in the South Bay Union School District in Imperial Beach from 1996 to 2001.

Pedretti received her master's degree in educational leadership from Point Loma Nazarene University and her bachelor's degree in communications from California State University Fullerton. She will take over from Susan Foerster, who came out of retirement to serve as interim principal after Maureen Newell retired in December 2006.

Andrew Johnsen, Valley in Poway:

Johnsen is director of the Los Angeles Unified School Charter Schools Division and also teaches courses in administrative leadership at California State University Northridge. He was previously principal and director of instruction at Santa Monica Community Charter School. Johnsen was assistant principal at Santa Monica Elementary School and has served as a parent education coordinator and classroom teacher.

Johnsen has a bachelor's degree in Spanish from California State University Long Beach, a master's degree in educational administration from Pepperdine University and a doctorate in educational leadership from UCLA. He will succeed Sue Smith, who will be working on special district projects involving intervention programs and closing the achievement gap.

Carol Osborne, Morning Creek in Sabre Springs:

Osborne is director of literacy and history/social science for the San Diego Unified School District. She previously was principal at Brooklyn Elementary School in the San Diego district. Osborne has also been a K-1 classroom teacher, a literacy resource teacher and a vice principal.

Osborne received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and her master's degree as a reading specialist from San Diego State University. She will succeed Doug Johnson, who was recently named principal of Del Sur Elementary, which will open in 2008 in the northwestern part of the district.

Cynthia Venolia, Stone Ranch in 4S Ranch:

Venolia is assistant principal at Park Village Elementary in Rancho Peñasquitos. She previously worked in the Ramona Unified School District, including nine years as a teacher at James Duke Elementary School.

Venolia earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from San Diego State University and her master's degree in administration from National University. She will succeed Suzanne Roy, who has accepted a position as a middle school principal in the Rancho Santa Fe School District.

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New principals taking over at 5 Poway district schools | The San Diego Union-Tribune

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