San José Unified welcomes new principals for 2017-2018

August 28, 2017


SAN JOSÉ, CA—At the start of the 2017-2018 school year, San José Unified School District introduced new principals at five of its schools:

Peter Park, Booksin Elementary – Peter has served as an Assistant Principal at Leland High since 2012. Prior to becoming an administrator, he taught history, speech and debate, and other subjects at San José Unified schools beginning in 2002. Peter received his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from San José State University.

Mark Camilleri, Gunderson High (interim) – Mark is no stranger to Gunderson, having served the school as Assistant Principal since 2015. Prior to his work in San José Unified, Mark served the community of Ravenswood as an Assistant Principal, Academic Dean, and teacher. He is a graduate of the University of La Verne with a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Movement and Sports Science.

Jesus Radillo, Olinder Elementary – Jesus has served San José Unified for more than two decades as a teacher, Assistant Principal, Extended School Year (ESY) Principal, and more. Most recently, he had been an Assistant Principal at Horace Mann Elementary since 2015. He received Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Degrees from San José State, with a minor in Criminal Justice.

Stephanie Monroe, Simonds Elementary (interim) – Stephanie comes to Simonds after serving for two years as Assistant Principal at Bachrodt Academy in San José Unified. She previously served as an administrator and teacher in Pajaro Valley and Los Angeles Unified School Districts, beginning in 1997. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Cal State University East Bay.

Kelli Knapp Rahn, Willow Glen Elementary (interim) – Kelli returns to the neighborhood where she grew up after serving as Principal at Gunderson High for the past two years and Assistant Principal for the two years prior. A veteran of San José Unified, Kelli also served for 11 years as a teacher and instructional coach. She is a graduate of San José State University with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Loyola Marymount University.

“We’re proud to have these passionate administrators leading our schools as we enter a new year of preparing today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators or tomorrow,” said Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services J. Dominic Bejarano. “We look forward to working with them to elevate opportunities for their students and school communities.”

Moving forward, staff, parents, and community members at schools with interim principals will have an opportunity to provide input on the qualities they would like to see in permanent principals. A joint panel of parents and staff will then interview candidates who meet those qualities and make recommendations to the Board of Education.

More information is available from the San José Unified Public Information Office via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by calling (408) 535-6444.