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SRVUSD hires four new principals

Board creates two more principal vacancies, hires other administrators

The San Ramon Valley school board named new principals at all three school levels and paved the way for two additional principal openings Tuesday night.

Tapped for local principal positions were Jon Campopiano at Alamo's Stone Valley Middle School, Amy Gillespie-Oss at Del Amigo Alternative High School, Adam Welcome at Montair Elementary School in Danville and Barb Mallon at the new Bella Vista Elementary under construction in the Dougherty Valley.

The board's hiring deliberations were made behind closed doors, with board president Denise Jennison announcing the appointments at the outset of the open-session meeting in Danville.

Mallon's upcoming move to Bella Vista will create a vacancy at Twin Creeks Elementary in San Ramon, where she is currently principal.

Another opening developed minutes later in Tuesday's meeting when the board, voting on a collection of personnel items, approved the retirement request of Janet Terranova, principal of Monte Vista High in Danville.

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Those mark the fifth and sixth principal vacancies announced in recent weeks among the district's 36 schools -- including the four filled Tuesday.

"This is not an unusual number," district spokeswoman Elizabeth Graswich said Wednesday. "The number of openings in a district changes each year. This is the time of year when people typically resign or retire."

Stone Valley has been without a permanent principal since Shaun McElroy resigned in late-February. Former local elementary school principal Jenise Falk is serving as interim principal through this school year.

Del Amigo High principal Joe Ianora and Montair Elementary principal Anthony La Rue also recently announced their resignations, according to Graswich.

Ianora, La Rue and Terranova did not immediately respond to requests for comment about their decisions. La Rue was hired as Montair principal two years ago, Ianora led Del Amigo starting in 2012 and Terranova has been principal of Monte Vista since 2010.

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The school board was unanimous in their appointments of Campopiano, Gillespie-Oss and Welcome while the vote to approve Mallon as Bella Vista's first-ever principal was 4-1, with Jennison in dissent. The board president did not elaborate on the reason for her "no" vote.

The four principals are set to assume their new positions effective Aug. 3.

Board members also voted unanimously in closed session to hire Carol Unterseher as the district's assistant director for special education, effective July 1, and Nancy Gamache as director of classified personnel, with a start date yet to be announced.

The board was scheduled to discuss appointment of a new special education local plan area (SELPA) executive director as well, but no hiring decision was announced after closed session. SELPA executive director Judith Cameron is set to retire, according to Graswich.

Jon Campopiano, Stone Valley

This is Campopiano's first time as principal following approximately two decades in education as a teacher and administrator.

He spent 13 years as a social studies teacher at Walnut Creek's Northgate High School, where he also served as varsity basketball coach. He would then leave the classroom and work the next five years as vice principal at Northgate.

Campopiano moved on to vice principal at Oak Grove Middle School in Concord, and most recently worked as an assistant principal at Orinda's Miramonte High.

He earned a bachelor's degree in international relations from UC Davis and a master's degree in education from Cal State East Bay. He also holds a single-subject credential in social science and an administrative services credential.

Amy Gillespie-Oss, Del Amigo

Gillespie-Oss moves to the San Ramon Valley school district after serving as principal of Sam Yeto Continuation High School in Fairfield for four years, which was preceded by four years as principal of Fairfield's Rodriguez High.

While at Rodriguez, she was named High School Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). She previously worked as a teacher and assistant principal at the middle school level.

Gillespie-Oss holds a bachelor's degree in social science from Sacramento State and a master's degree in education from Chapman University, as well as a multiple subject credential, single subject social science credential and an administrative services credential.

Barb Mallon, Bella Vista

Mallon will move to Bella Vista this summer after being principal of Twin Creeks Elementary in San Ramon since 2010. The under-construction campus is expected to open by the beginning of the 2016-17 school year as the fifth elementary school in the Dougherty Valley.

She previously served as director of curriculum and instruction and the gifted and talented education coordinator in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. She also worked in the Vacaville and Fairfield-Suisun districts in various positions, including teacher, resource specialist and preschool coordinator.

Educationally, Mallon earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Sonoma State and holds a multiple-subjects credential, learning handicap credential, resource specialist certificate and administrative services credential.

Adam Welcome, Montair

Welcome returns to the San Ramon Valley, where he began his education career as a teacher at Greenbrook Elementary followed by a two-year stint as assistant principal of Live Oak Elementary.

He spent the past three years as principal of John Swett Elementary in Martinez, earning Elementary Principal of the Year honors from the ACSA last year. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at Diablo Valley College.

Welcome completed his bachelor's degree in speech and communication at Chico State. He holds a multiple-subject credential and administrative services credential.

Carol Unterseher, special education assistant director

Unterseher is a 28-year veteran of education, beginning as a third-grade teacher in South Dakota before moving to California where she served in various positions including as teacher, resource specialist, elementary site coordinator and program specialist for the Palm Springs Unified School District.

She also worked for the Riverside County Office of Education and Coachella Valley Unified School District. Most recently, Unterseher has served as program specialist for the East Valley SELPA in San Bernardino County.

Nancy Gamache, director certificated personnel

Gamache joins the San Ramon Valley school district with 10-plus years of human resources experience. She's currently executive director of personnel and employee relations with the Amador County Office of Education/Amador Unified School District.

She also worked for the Twin Rivers Unified School District and Grant Joint Union High School District in Sacramento.

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SRVUSD hires four new principals

Board creates two more principal vacancies, hires other administrators

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The San Ramon Valley school board named new principals at all three school levels and paved the way for two additional principal openings Tuesday night.

Tapped for local principal positions were Jon Campopiano at Alamo's Stone Valley Middle School, Amy Gillespie-Oss at Del Amigo Alternative High School, Adam Welcome at Montair Elementary School in Danville and Barb Mallon at the new Bella Vista Elementary under construction in the Dougherty Valley.

The board's hiring deliberations were made behind closed doors, with board president Denise Jennison announcing the appointments at the outset of the open-session meeting in Danville.

Mallon's upcoming move to Bella Vista will create a vacancy at Twin Creeks Elementary in San Ramon, where she is currently principal.

Another opening developed minutes later in Tuesday's meeting when the board, voting on a collection of personnel items, approved the retirement request of Janet Terranova, principal of Monte Vista High in Danville.

Those mark the fifth and sixth principal vacancies announced in recent weeks among the district's 36 schools -- including the four filled Tuesday.

"This is not an unusual number," district spokeswoman Elizabeth Graswich said Wednesday. "The number of openings in a district changes each year. This is the time of year when people typically resign or retire."

Stone Valley has been without a permanent principal since Shaun McElroy resigned in late-February. Former local elementary school principal Jenise Falk is serving as interim principal through this school year.

Del Amigo High principal Joe Ianora and Montair Elementary principal Anthony La Rue also recently announced their resignations, according to Graswich.

Ianora, La Rue and Terranova did not immediately respond to requests for comment about their decisions. La Rue was hired as Montair principal two years ago, Ianora led Del Amigo starting in 2012 and Terranova has been principal of Monte Vista since 2010.

The school board was unanimous in their appointments of Campopiano, Gillespie-Oss and Welcome while the vote to approve Mallon as Bella Vista's first-ever principal was 4-1, with Jennison in dissent. The board president did not elaborate on the reason for her "no" vote.

The four principals are set to assume their new positions effective Aug. 3.

Board members also voted unanimously in closed session to hire Carol Unterseher as the district's assistant director for special education, effective July 1, and Nancy Gamache as director of classified personnel, with a start date yet to be announced.

The board was scheduled to discuss appointment of a new special education local plan area (SELPA) executive director as well, but no hiring decision was announced after closed session. SELPA executive director Judith Cameron is set to retire, according to Graswich.

Jon Campopiano, Stone Valley

This is Campopiano's first time as principal following approximately two decades in education as a teacher and administrator.

He spent 13 years as a social studies teacher at Walnut Creek's Northgate High School, where he also served as varsity basketball coach. He would then leave the classroom and work the next five years as vice principal at Northgate.

Campopiano moved on to vice principal at Oak Grove Middle School in Concord, and most recently worked as an assistant principal at Orinda's Miramonte High.

He earned a bachelor's degree in international relations from UC Davis and a master's degree in education from Cal State East Bay. He also holds a single-subject credential in social science and an administrative services credential.

Amy Gillespie-Oss, Del Amigo

Gillespie-Oss moves to the San Ramon Valley school district after serving as principal of Sam Yeto Continuation High School in Fairfield for four years, which was preceded by four years as principal of Fairfield's Rodriguez High.

While at Rodriguez, she was named High School Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). She previously worked as a teacher and assistant principal at the middle school level.

Gillespie-Oss holds a bachelor's degree in social science from Sacramento State and a master's degree in education from Chapman University, as well as a multiple subject credential, single subject social science credential and an administrative services credential.

Barb Mallon, Bella Vista

Mallon will move to Bella Vista this summer after being principal of Twin Creeks Elementary in San Ramon since 2010. The under-construction campus is expected to open by the beginning of the 2016-17 school year as the fifth elementary school in the Dougherty Valley.

She previously served as director of curriculum and instruction and the gifted and talented education coordinator in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. She also worked in the Vacaville and Fairfield-Suisun districts in various positions, including teacher, resource specialist and preschool coordinator.

Educationally, Mallon earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Sonoma State and holds a multiple-subjects credential, learning handicap credential, resource specialist certificate and administrative services credential.

Adam Welcome, Montair

Welcome returns to the San Ramon Valley, where he began his education career as a teacher at Greenbrook Elementary followed by a two-year stint as assistant principal of Live Oak Elementary.

He spent the past three years as principal of John Swett Elementary in Martinez, earning Elementary Principal of the Year honors from the ACSA last year. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at Diablo Valley College.

Welcome completed his bachelor's degree in speech and communication at Chico State. He holds a multiple-subject credential and administrative services credential.

Carol Unterseher, special education assistant director

Unterseher is a 28-year veteran of education, beginning as a third-grade teacher in South Dakota before moving to California where she served in various positions including as teacher, resource specialist, elementary site coordinator and program specialist for the Palm Springs Unified School District.

She also worked for the Riverside County Office of Education and Coachella Valley Unified School District. Most recently, Unterseher has served as program specialist for the East Valley SELPA in San Bernardino County.

Nancy Gamache, director certificated personnel

Gamache joins the San Ramon Valley school district with 10-plus years of human resources experience. She's currently executive director of personnel and employee relations with the Amador County Office of Education/Amador Unified School District.

She also worked for the Twin Rivers Unified School District and Grant Joint Union High School District in Sacramento.

Comments

Beth
Greenbrook Elementary School
on Apr 30, 2015 at 6:04 am
Beth, Greenbrook Elementary School
on Apr 30, 2015 at 6:04 am

So glad to see Adam Welcome returning to the District. He was such a great teacher at Greenbrook. Wishing all of the best for all of these new hires.


Danville parent
Danville
on Apr 30, 2015 at 7:01 am
Danville parent, Danville
on Apr 30, 2015 at 7:01 am

What a loss for the Del Amigo community....Joe Ianora was such a gift to that school. SRVUSD should be ashamed for the way he's been treated.


Mom
San Ramon
on Apr 30, 2015 at 9:13 am
Mom, San Ramon
on Apr 30, 2015 at 9:13 am

Those who think Joe Ianora was great for Del did not know him. There's a reason they got rid of him.


Concerned
Del Amigo Continuation High School
on Apr 30, 2015 at 9:14 am
Concerned, Del Amigo Continuation High School
on Apr 30, 2015 at 9:14 am

Good riddance to Ianora. Finally the district did something right in getting him out of the district.


Catherine Schneider
Alamo
on Apr 30, 2015 at 10:31 am
Catherine Schneider, Alamo
on Apr 30, 2015 at 10:31 am

Would love to see their new salaries posted in the Contra Costa Times.


Alamo
Alamo
on Apr 30, 2015 at 11:38 am
Alamo, Alamo
on Apr 30, 2015 at 11:38 am

Catherine, the district website has salary schedules listed, srvusd.net.


Danville parent
Danville
on Apr 30, 2015 at 4:36 pm
Danville parent, Danville
on Apr 30, 2015 at 4:36 pm

"Concerned"...I really am quite stunned by your remark. Over the years I've known Joe, he has been nothing but honest, sincere and caring for his students. I found him to be truly a decent man..


Danville Dan
Danville
on Apr 30, 2015 at 8:31 pm
Danville Dan, Danville
on Apr 30, 2015 at 8:31 pm

Thankless job in this community. Let the gossip moms loose, if they can get away from Sbucks and the tanning beds. Better off working in a community where parents actually support hard working educators rather than slander and gossip.


Citizen of the Valley
Danville
on May 1, 2015 at 11:54 am
Citizen of the Valley, Danville
on May 1, 2015 at 11:54 am

Welcome back to SRVUSD, Adam Welcome! Happy to have you back with us!


Joan
San Ramon
on May 1, 2015 at 5:01 pm
Joan, San Ramon
on May 1, 2015 at 5:01 pm

So great to have Adam back in the district and to have Joe Ianora gone!


Jim
Danville
on May 2, 2015 at 7:59 pm
Jim, Danville
on May 2, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Mom, Concerned and Joan seem to have it figured out and I couldn't agree more. It's long past time for Ianora to be gone. Should have happened years ago. District should be ashamed for keeping him around this long.


Rick Pshaw
Danville
on May 3, 2015 at 6:07 pm
Rick Pshaw, Danville
on May 3, 2015 at 6:07 pm

Salaries (with names) are also at:

Web Link


Frustrated Parent
Del Amigo Continuation High School
on May 4, 2015 at 2:37 pm
Frustrated Parent, Del Amigo Continuation High School
on May 4, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Glad Ianora is going. The students and staff deserve better. Now they just need to get rid of the counselor!


Helen
Greenbrook Elementary School
on May 18, 2015 at 7:07 pm
Helen, Greenbrook Elementary School
on May 18, 2015 at 7:07 pm

San Ramon is lucky to have Adam Welcome back!


Haven
Montair Elementary School
on Jul 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Haven, Montair Elementary School
on Jul 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Anyone know why Larue resigned after only 2 years?


Mom
Danville
on Jan 6, 2016 at 11:47 pm
Mom, Danville
on Jan 6, 2016 at 11:47 pm

So glad you have Adam Welcome at your school and not our childs. Don't you think it is odd the school he drempt of retiring at no longer wanted him. He left not by choice. Do some digging (very easily). He was known as the Little Napoleon to parents. Whew. So he is good at bringing technology to schools. I am so thankful he was not assigned to our school. It is also odd that he uses his wife's name and not his real name. He has a reputation with that one also. All you need to do is ask. You will find his first year there was the beginning of a long trial where the school district had enough. This district eas not even his first choice. He has been looking for years, but no one gave him the chance after kbiwibg the baggage they would have.


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