New Faces Join Adelanto Elementary School District

Dr. Edwin Gomez, photo courtesy of Dr. Edwin Gomez

By Staff Reports

(Adelanto)– As the district prepares for school to start on August 14, 2013, a number of new faces have joined the teams serving students and their families. In an ongoing effort to make it not only possible, but inevitable that every child reaches their full academic potential, Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux and the Board of Directors have recruited bright and experienced educators to fill key leadership positions.

Dr. Edwin Gomez, Chief Academic Officer

With eight years of classroom experience and many more years as a principal and district level administrator under his belt, Dr. Gomez brings an “on-the-ground” perspective to his role as Chief Academic Officer. He has successfully turned around struggling schools. As a principal, he brought his school’s API up 157 points, earning a Blue Ribbon nomination in an area facing similar challenges as Adelanto and leading it out of “program improvement.” This is part of what drives him to serve the students and their families in our district. In his role as CAO, Dr. Gomez will oversee everything in the area of instruction, benchmarks, assessment and curriculum. As schools transition to the new Common Core State Standards, he will make sure that parents, students and staff have what they need to support student achievement. “My whole purpose is to empower our educators to really provide the best learning environment for all our students,” explains Gomez. “As we enter the twenty-first century it is important to give our students the skills, the aptitude, and the knowledge to be globally competitive.”

Peter Livingston, Director of Child Welfare and Attendance

As a veteran of the Adelanto Elementary School District for 17 years, Peter Livingston has seen many changes in the community, and has front line experience in helping local students get the most out of their education. After four years of serving as Principal at district schools, and many years as a teacher before that, he says, “I am excited to have a greater impact in the community and work to improve student achievement.” Livingston’s role is not limited to dealing with attendance issues. He will be connecting parents and students with the resources that help handle the bigger issues preventing students from attending school regularly, including health issues, housing issues, custody issues and more. These resources come from places as unlikely as the County Public Defenders office. “People don’t realize that they have many free or low-cost resources for families, including conflict resolution, training for parents in how to work with their middle schoolers, and more,” he shared. “We want to put these tools in the hands of our families.” Attendance is directly tied to achievement, and lowering the barriers to attendance is top priority.

New Principals at the Helm

A number of schools in the District will also have new principals when school opens August 14th. Among those new principals will be:

Laura Ramos

Sherelle Crawford

Angela Montalvo-Nicholson

Jennifer Behrmann

Shannon Miller

Carol Coburn

The Adelanto Elementary School District welcomes the fresh perspective and extensive experience of these educators to our community.

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