Heidi Green has landed on her feet, just as some of you predicted. She’ll be principal at Emanuele Elementary School in the New Haven Unified School District.
By the way, I gather that she really didn’t like the blog entry I wrote about her departure from Skyline High School. Last week, our photographer called the newsroom, baffled, after she was shut out of Skyline’s graduation ceremony at the Paramount. (As you might imagine, this is the kind of coverage people usually want.) Eventually, someone came out and explained that Green was angry about a blog post and that she wanted to make sure the reporter who wrote it was not allowed inside. Fortunately, I wasn’t there, and the commencement made the paper after all.
Here are excerpts from the release announcing Green’s appointment:
NEW PRINCIPALS FOR EASTIN, EMANUELE
UNION CITY (Thursday, June 12, 2008) — Penny Loetterle, principal of
an Orinda elementary school that was named a 2008 California
Distinguished School, and Heidi Green, who runs the largest high school
in Oakland, will join the New Haven Unified School District as
principals of Eastin and Emanuele elementary schools, respectively,
pending approval Tuesday night by the Board of Education.
“A principal’s primary role has to be that of the instructional
leader at his or her school, and we have found two wonderful
instructional leaders in Penny and Heidi,” Superintendent Dr. Pat
Jaurequi said. “Not only that, I believe we have found two principals
with backgrounds and experiences that make them exceptionally good fits
for their schools.” …
… Heidi Green has been principal for the past two years at Skyline High
School, the largest and one of the most diverse schools in Oakland,
where she previously served three years as an assistant principal. Ms.
Green also has experience as a principal at Fair Oaks Elementary School
in Marietta, Georgia. Before that, she spent six years teaching fourth
and fifth grade, at Sunnybrae Avenue Elementary in Winnetka, in the San
Fernando Valley, and at Cole Performing and Visual Arts Magnet in
“We had eight finalists for our interview committee, which included
several Emanuele teachers and classified employees and several Emanuele
parents. Heidi was pretty much a unanimous No. 1 choice,” Assistant
Superintendent for Personnel Derek McNamara said.
A Hayward resident, Ms. Green earned her bachelor’s degree at UCLA,
teaching credentials at Cal State Northridge and San Francisco State and
her administrative credential at Mills College in Oakland. In May, she
was awarded a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Mills.
She will replace the retiring Marguerite Herrera at Emanuele.