- Alisal Union School District
New directors, principals and assistant principals
The creation of a brand new Whole Child Education Division, along with the departure of some administrators and principals, translated into administrative changes throughout our district well into the 2018-19 school year. With half the school year behind us, it appears we’re finally settling in with principals and assistant principals at all our schools, plus a few newly hired or promoted administrators. Here’s a glimpse of who they are and where they’ve landed.
Michael Brewer, Director of Construction Management
Mr. Brewer obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance from Loyola Marymount University in 2005. Before coming to Alisal Union School District, he worked as senior construction manager for Arcadia Unified School District for six years. During his tenure, Mr. Brewer oversaw construction financed through Measure I, a $216 million bond used to renovate 12 school sites, a new 36,000-square-feet district office, and a 40,000-square-feet performing arts center. He also has extensive experience in residential construction.
Whole Child Education Department
Dr. Jairo Arellano, Assistant Superintendent of Whole Child Education
Dr. Arellano is a 34-year veteran of education. He began his career in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he obtained a B.A. from the Escuela Normal Superior de Jalisco. He obtained his teaching and administrative credentials and an M.A. in education from Cal State University Northridge. At the University of California in Santa Barbara, Dr. Arellano obtained a master’s and a doctoral degree in education. Prior to coming to the Alisal Union School District, he worked for the Oxnard School District in Ventura County for more than two decades. He served as principal of Bardin Elementary starting in 2016.
Dr. Christina Palmer, Director of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
A 35-year veteran of education, Dr. Palmer holds a B.A. from Cal State Fullerton, a teaching credential from UC Irvine, an M.S. from Cal State Fullerton, and an Ed.D. from UC Santa Barbara. Before coming to Alisal USD to serve as principal of Steinbeck Elementary, she was a principal in Ventura County for seven years and the assistant principal in Hollister for one and a half years.
“ We are building the department and framework as we go, and there is much to learn along the way; however, we have a great team, and an enthusiastic leader. I am blessed to be serving the world's greatest students and community in this new and important adventure!”
Alicia Fletcher, Director of Extended Learning
A Salinas native, Ms. Fletcher has been in education for 22 years, and has served at Alisal Union School District in multiple roles: as teacher, bilingual teacher, resource teacher, assistant principal, and principal on special assignment. Her most recent assignment was as program manager of extended learning and First Five programs, which she held since 2013. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from UC Santa Barbara, one in Sociology and one in Chicano Studies. She holds a master’s degree in education from San Jose State University, as well as a teacher’s credential and administrator’s credential.
Monica Anzo, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Ms. Anzo has worked at the Alisal Union School District for xxx years in many different roles. Her most recent assignment was Director of Intervention and Enrollment, where she worked for 19 years. She has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from San Jose State University.
Dr. Susan Ratliff, Director of Early Learning Programs
A 28-year veteran of education, Susan Ratliff, Ed.D., holds a B.A. in Home Economics and a multiple subjects credential from Fresno State University. She has an M.A. in Educational Leadership from San Jose State University and an Ed.D. in education with an emphasis on Social Emotional skills of 4-5 year old children from William Howard Taft University. Before coming to the Alisal Union School District, Ratliff was Director of Early Childhood Education Programs at Hartnell Community College.
Yolanda McIntosh, Director of English Learner and Migrant Education Programs
Ms. McIntosh joined the Alisal Union School District more than four years ago as principal at Frank Paul Elementary School. She attended the University of Southern California, Cal State University Dominguez Hills, and Azusa Pacific University. She began her teaching career in Los Angeles Unified School District as bilingual first grade teacher and later moved on to instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal. Ms. McIntosh brings a wealth of enthusiasm to the department and she is excited to be in her new role as director in our district.
Victor Inguanzo-Haro — Assistant Principal, Alisal Community School
Mr. Inguanzo-Haro grew up in Merced, Calif., and obtained a bachelor’s degree at Stanislaus State University and his masters degree in San Jose State University. He’s been in education for 11 years, and previous to that he worked in the food service industry. He began his teaching career at the Alisal Union School District as 5th grade teacher at Fremont Elementary, and later helped open Monte Bella School as a 5th grade teachers. Before his current assignment, he was an assistant principal at Dr. Oscar F. Loya.
Martin Gutierrez, Jr. — Principal, Bardin Elementary
A graduate of Alisal Union School District schools, Mr. Gutierrez obtained a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in education from the University of California at Davis. He received his teaching credential from Cal State University Monterey Bay and a masters in educational leadership from San Jose State University. He’s been in education for 10 years. Before taking on the principalship at Bardin he was an assistant principal at Alisal Community School for four years. Mr. Gutierrez attended Virginia Rocca Barton and Jesse G. Sanchez elementary schools.
Alberto Felix — Assistant Principal, Bardin Elementary
Alberto Felix has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a multiple-subject teaching credential from Fresno State University. He also holds a supplemental credential in Health Science; a Cross Cultural, Language and Academic Development credential, and an Administration Credential. Before coming to the Alisal Union School District, he was a middle school science teacher for nine nears. He’s been an administrator for fifteen years. This is his third year at Alisal USD. He served as assistant principal at Jesse Sanchez Elementary before his transfer to Bardin.
John Jimenez — Principal, César E. Chávez Elementary
Mr. Jimenez began his career in California Mini Corps. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Fresno State University and an administrative credential from Santa Clara University. He joined the Alisal Union School District almost six years ago as principal of Fremont Elementary. He’s worked as principal of several schools for 18 years, and has been in education for 40.
Veronica Medina — Assistant Principal, César E. Chávez Elementary
Mary Mulhasky — Assistant Principal principal, Creekside Elementary
A 15-year veteran of education, Ms. Mulhasky began her career at Alisal Union School District fresh out of a bilingual teaching credential program at Cal State University Chico, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in 2004. She’s worked at Bardin Elementary and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy, and completed her administrative credential program from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2017.
Miguel Porras — Principal, Frank Paul
Miguel Porras began his career in education 21 years ago as a teacher at Cesar E. Chavez Elementary in the Alisal Union School District. He holds a B.A. and a teaching credential from Cal State University Monterey Bay, a master’s in education and an administrative credential from San Jose State University. In addition to teaching at Chavez, Mr. Porras has also taught at Bardin, Frank Paul, and was also a bilingual resource teacher for six years at Jesse G. Sanchez Elementary. Before being named principal, Mr. Porras served as assistant principal of Frank Paul for 6.5 years in two separate occasions.
Lilia Valladares, Assistant Principal
Lilia Valladares, Assistant Principal
A 16-year veteran of the profession, Ms. Valladares has worked as a bilingual teacher at Alisal USD for 13 years. A native of Mexico, she grew up in the Salinas Valley. She earned her bachelor’s in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies from UC Santa Barbara, and a masters in education and teaching credential also from UCSB. She also holds a masters in educational leadership and administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She began her career at Alisal USD as a teacher at Frank Paul for 8 years, then she continued as teacher on special assignment for five years, her most current role before being selected as the new assistant principal for Frank Paul. Previous to coming to Alisal USD she worked at Salinas City Elementary School District.
Dr. Clara Fernandez — Principal, Fremont Elementary
A Watsonville native, Dr. Clara Fernandez obtained an A.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Cabrillo College; a B.A. in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz; an M.A. in Education and Multiple Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. She also received an M.A. in administration and supervision in education and an administration credential from San Jose State University, as well as a Ed.D. in educational leadership. She’s been in education for 18 years. Before becoming the principal at Fremont Elementary, she was serving the school as assistant principal.
David Hermosillo — Assistant Principal, Fremont Elementary
Mr. Hermosillo has been education for a total of 14 years, although in two separate occasions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Cal State Los Angeles, a master’s in education administration from National University, and he also has a preliminary administrator credential, a multiple subject teaching credential, a Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development (CLAD) Certificate. Mr. Hermosillo began his career as a teacher and then went on to a career on educational publishing. After 17 years, he retired but decided to return to education in 1997. Before arriving in the Alisal Union School District, he worked at Chualar Union School District as an academic coordinator.
Luis Romero — Assistant Principal, Dr. Oscar Loya.
Mr. Romero received a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at CSU Fresno. Later, he received a master's degree in Educational Leadership Administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He began his educational career at the Alisal Union School District six years ago as a teacher at Virginia Rocca Barton in second grade. After teaching second grade for three years, he moved on to teaching newcomers in the fifth and sixth grades, also at VRB.
Jer Soriano — Principal, John E. Steinbeck Elementary
Mr. Soriano holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from San Jose State University and a Master’s degree in Education and Supervision also from San Jose State University. He’s been 25 years in education, 12 of which he worked at San Jose High School. He’s starting his fifth year with the Alisal Union School District. Before becoming principal at Steinbeck he served as assistant principal at Cesar E. Chavez Elementary.
Jennifer Barraza — Assistant Principal, Virginia Rocca Barton
Ms. Barraza has been in education for 14 years, ten of those at Alisal Union School District. She holds a B.A. in liberal studies from San Francisco State University, a teaching credential and a masters in education and administrative credential from Cal State University Monterey Bay. At AUSD she started as a substitute teacher in various sites, then was recruited as intervention teacher at Creekside in 2008. At Creekside she served in different capacities, from after school teacher to intervention teacher, instructional coach, and teacher.
Sandra Shreve — Assistant Principal, Jesse E. Sanchez
A 15-year veteran of education, Ms. Shreve worked at Cesar E. Chavez Elementary as a sixth grade teacher for two years, fourth grade teacher for two years, and at Monte Bella Elementary for more than a year in the fourth grade. Prior to arriving to Alisal Union School District she worked as a staff trainer for the State of California for four years prior and seven years for the Eastside Union School District in Lancaster. She has a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Women’s Studies from UCLA and obtained here multiple subject teaching credential from Cal State University Bakersfield. She’s currently completing an Leadership Program and Administrative Credential from the University of Southern California.
Maria Alvarez — Principal, Monte Bella Elementary
Ms. Alvarez has been an educator for 28 years, and she first worked for the Alisal Union School District when she started her teaching career fresh out of college. However, she returned to Gilroy Unified School District, where she taught for 23 years and was an administrator for 3. She returned to Alisal in 2017 when she became assistant principal at Virginia Rocca Barton. She holds a bachelor and master degrees from San Jose State University.