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Dear Los Gatos Families,

I consider the opportunity to be your new superintendent a great honor as I have a lot of respect for this community and school district.  Throughout this first year, I look forward to meeting you and working together on behalf of all students. Here is a summer update as we head into the new school year which begins this next Thursday, August 16th.    

Hiring of principals

Two outstanding individuals have been hired as the new principals of R.J. Fisher Middle School and Daves Avenue Elementary School.   Over the past several weeks, a large representative group of staff and parents was assembled for the first round interviews.  There was a deep field of candidates and excellent finalists selected.   The second round interviews were conducted by myself and Asst. Superintendent Marla Rodriguez and two outstanding individuals were selected, that matched each community panel’s top recommendations.   

R.J. Fisher Middle School

Mathew Baldwin has been selected as the new principal of R. J. Fisher Middle School.   Mr. Baldwin comes to Los Gatos with a wide variety of experience as the principal of Novato High School in Marin County for the past four years and as an Assistant Principal in both the Las Virgenes Unified School District and the Acalanes Union High School District.    In addition, Mr. Baldwin was a former social studies teacher for seven years.    

We are so fortunate to have found someone of Mr. Baldwin’s caliber to be the next principal of Fisher Middle School.  His experience with academic innovation, creating social emotional learning programs in secondary school settings, along with his extensive curriculum expertise, will be a great asset to the Fisher community and the entire Los Gatos Union School District.   I am confident he will build on the excellent programs already established and underway!   

Daves Avenue Elementary School

Jenna Mittleman has been selected as the new principal of Daves Avenue Elementary School.  Ms. Mittleman comes to Daves Avenue from  the Morgan Hill Unified School District  where she has been the Director of Special Education for the past year.   Previously, she served as the principal of Los Paseos Elementary School (Morgan Hill)  for four years and Assistant Principal in the Alum Rock School District.  Prior to becoming an administrator, Ms. Mittleman served as an elementary teacher in Morgan Hill for eight years. 

I am excited Ms. Mittleman will be joining the Daves Avenue community as the new principal.  I am confident her unique background working in special education and elementary programs such as “It Takes a Village”, along with her leadership experience is a great match for Daves Avenue and the Los Gatos Union School District.  

Chief Business Official (CBO)

Terese McNamee, current CBO of Woodside School District has been selected as the new Chief Business Official.  She comes to Los Gatos with a vast portfolio of experience in financial leadership.    Prior to her four year tenure in Woodside, Ms. McNamee  was previously the CBO and Associate Superintendent in the Mountain View Whisman School District.     The candidate pool for the CBO position was the strongest I’ve seen in my years as superintendent which was notable as we went through the hiring process.  Terese lives in San Jose and is excited about coming to Los Gatos.   I am particularly thrilled, in the age of CBO shortages across the State, that we have hired someone of Ms. McNamee’s caliber, expertise, and experience.   Ms. McNamee will begin as CBO on September 1,   and I have every confidence she will be a great asset to the entire district.    

I look forward to working with a great staff and parent body in the year ahead!   Enjoy your final week of summer vacation. 


Yours in education,

Paul Johnson