An Introduction to Our New Principal
Dear C.K. McClatchy Families,
What a pleasure it is to have joined your community! I’ve spent my last six years as the Principal at California Middle School, on just the other side of the fence from McClatchy, working in your neighborhood and learning about the unique needs of our students. I am beyond thrilled to be leading McClatchy through its next phase – my goal for our school is simple, to improve academic opportunities and experiences for students, and to transform the campus culture to be dramatically more inclusive. Now, more than ever, schools are faced with addressing racial disparities with intense urgency, and McClatchy is no exception. Understanding the social landscape at McClatchy will be central to my study of the school. Achieving a vision of improved academic opportunities and strengthened campus culture will take some time, and I am committed to hearing the voices of students, staff, and parents as I begin to formulate improvement plans to move toward this vision.
I’ve spent my career on both sides of town, having worked in East Sacramento early in my SCUSD tenure, where I was the Principal at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School for five years. Previous to my stint there, I worked as a teacher and later the Assistant Principal at Sutter Middle School. Both Sutter and Phoebe Hearst put academics and school culture 1st. I carried this vision to Cal Middle, where I worked tirelessly with my team to build a safe, fun, engaging, and academically rigorous place for students to thrive. This requires intense focus on building a collective vision among staff and students coupled with consistent and meaningful communication within the school building and with the larger community. I wholeheartedly believe in fostering focused and positive learning environments. Students achieve when we ask them to – high expectations yield high performing youth.
C. K. McClatchy High School is a city treasure whose students reflect our larger community. I am deeply honored and humbled to be at the helm of a place of such stature and tradition. For me, “it is a great day to be a Lion,” and I am so excited to meet all of our prideful students and families.
Principal, C. K. McClatchy High School
As we move into the fall, much uncertainty remains as we continue to endure this pandemic together. We continue to await district level decisions around student schedules, CIF decisions on sports, and county guidelines on needed safety measures to return to campus. As soon as these conditions are known, I will communicate them to the community. I know Freshman are eagerly awaiting news about orientation, please know I am aware, and will keep families abreast of any developments.