New year to bring new faces in FCUSD schools
Beginning in the next school year, some of our Folsom Cordova schools will welcome new leaders who will help build on their schools’ strengths and grow their achievements.The Board of Education has approved the following selections:
Scott Meyer, Director of Behavior Intervention and Student Services
Meyer has been a part of the Folsom Cordova family for nearly 15 years, beginning as a teacher at Mills Middle School, where he led efforts to prevent dropouts, nurtured student leadership, and oversaw clubs and activities that kept students connected to their school.
For the past four years he has served as the District's Child Welfare Coordinator, a role that began with the creation of a Character Education and Bullying Prevention Task Force. The impact of this group’s action plan live on today, with increased mental health and emotional supports for students, improved bullying reporting and response protocols, a strengthened Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program, and a 68% drop in reported incidents of suspected bullying since the 2014-15 school year.
This position was formerly called the Director of Attendance, Behavior, and Safety. That job description was revised adopted by the Board of Education on April 11 to strengthen the position’s role in social-emotional learning. Meyer replaces Steve Muzinich, who is retiring at the end of the school year.
Geovanni Linares, Coordinator of Social Emotional & Academic Development:
Linares joins Team FCUSD from the Woodland Joint Unified School District, where for the past three years he has served as Executive Director of Educational Services and Student Support Services. In that role he developed and oversaw a comprehensive, multi-year professional development plan. He also designed and led a district-wide roll out of Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports and has been a district trainer of restorative practices.
His previous educational experience includes serving as a Program Specialist in the Yolo County Office of Education, a Teacher in Charge at the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), and Special Education Teacher, also at SCOE.
At Folsom Cordova, the Coordinator of Social Emotional & Academic Development is a new position, approved under a realignment presented to the Board on April 11. The position - formerly the District’s Inclusion Coordinator - will report to the Director of Social Emotional Learning (Dr. Channa Cook-Harvey). The position is designed to strengthen our continuum of supports for students in general and special education while creating better alignment between Curriculum & Instruction, Social Emotional Learning and Behavioral Support & Interventions.
Terri Daniels, Principal, Folsom Middle School: Daniels' career in education spans more than 30 years. For the last two years Terri has served as the principal of the Buckeye School of the Arts, a TK-8 campus in Redding. For six years before that, she was the principal and superintendent of the Shaffer Elementary School District in Lassen County. Throughout her career she has maintained a focus on instructional leadership and collaboration while maintaining a school culture of learning and positive character development. Daniels' depth and breadth of experience, and her understanding of the skills needed to work in a large middle school environment, will make her an exceptional fit at Folsom Middle for years to come.
Lari Miller-Powell, Principal, Riverview STEM Academy: Miller-Powell will fill the vacancy left by outgoing Principal Tony Peterson, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Miller-Powell is a familiar face to the students and families at Riverview STEM, as she was one of the first teachers hired to help open the magnet school in 2014. She has worked in Folsom Cordova schools for 23 years and served as the District’s Lead STEM Elementary Teacher since 2015. In that role, she has not only helped expand access to rich STEM learning across our schools, but she also has helped lead the District’s pilot for new science curriculum. Additionally, she has served as a vice principal and principal of summer school at White Rock Elementary, has frequently served as a principal’s designee, and has been a department chair for three different principals.
Robin Smay, Principal, Blanche Sprentz Elementary School: Smay will fill the vacancy left by outgoing Principal Andy Smith, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Smay has 13 years of experience as an administrator at both the site and district level. She has held many positions in K-12 general and special education, most recently as Folsom Cordova’s Inclusion Coordinator in Special Education, as well as in temporary roles including Interim Principal at Carl Sundahl Elementary. Before joining Folsom Cordova, Robin held a variety of leadership positions in the El Dorado County Office of Education, Rocklin Unified School District, and Jefferson County Public Schools. She began her career in education in 1999 as a special education teacher in Oakland Unified.
Carole Vargas, Principal, Theodore Judah Elementary School: Vargas has spent the last 21 years serving Folsom Cordova schools and was instrumental in starting the Academy for Advanced Learning at Theodore Judah. For the last six years she has led Navigator Elementary in Rancho Cordova as its principal. Vargas has held many roles in Folsom Cordova, from classroom teacher to coach, GATE Coordinator to Lead K-6 Math and Science Curriculum teacher.
Larry Mahoney, Principal, Navigator Elementary School: Mahoney most recently has served as the Principal of Folsom Middle School. Prior to that, he was the principal of Rancho Cordova Elementary School, a position he held from 2013-18. Before leading Rancho Cordova Elementary, Mahoney was a teacher and department chair at Russell Ranch and Cordova Lane elementary schools. At Navigator, he will fill the vacancy left by Carole Vargas, who was selected to take the helm of Theodore Judah Elementary School in Folsom.
Sara Parenzin, Principal, Empire Oaks Elementary: Parenzin is a familiar face on Team FCUSD, as she served for eight years as our District's TK-8 Curriculum Lead Teacher for English-language arts. Since 2016, she has led Mather Heights Elementary as its principal and made an immediate impact by building strong relationships and trust with her staff, families, and students. Before taking the helm at Mather Heights, Parenzin successfully served as an Elementary Assistant Principal at Russell Ranch and Cordova Villa elementary schools. She joined the District in 2002 as a sixth-grade ELA teacher at Mills Middle. All of this experience will serve her well at Empire Oaks, where her deep knowledge, breadth of skills, and strong rapport with stakeholders will help carry this school's momentum in the coming years.
Wendy Sol, Principal, Mather Heights Elementary School: Many on Team FCUSD already know Ms. Sol from her many years of experience in our District. For the last two years, she has served as Assistant Principal at Navigator Elementary. Sol is a veteran educator who began her teaching career over 20 years ago in San Jose. She has taught at Theodore Judah and Empire Oaks elementary schools, and for the last three years has led our District’s efforts to help teachers earn their National Board Certification. Before taking on an administrative role at Navigator, Sol was a summer school principal at Williamson Elementary in 2017.
Jeanine Holton, Assistant Principal, Vista del Lago High School: Holton is a familiar face to Vista del Lago, where she has most recently split her duties as a part-time assistant principal at that school as well as at Folsom High. She began her teaching career in 2000 in the Grant Joint Union High School District and joined Folsom Cordova seven years later as a teacher at Mills Middle School before moving on to Folsom High. In her current role, she has taken on numerous new responsibilities including designing weekly rotation schedules for Individualized Education Programs, identifying and providing support for at-risk students, serving as a site testing coordinator, and overseeing credit recovery programs.
Alana Morales, Assistant Principal, Folsom High School: Morales is an educator with more than two decades of experience and joins Folsom High from Henderson, Colo., where she has spent the last five years as an English teacher and leader at Prairie View High School. As a member of her school’s Instructional Leadership Team, she has provided support to other teachers through one-on-one coaching, classroom observations, and conducting collaboration sessions. She also mentors all new high school teachers as part of her district’s induction program. Additionally, through serving on her school’s Equal Opportunity Schools Grant team, she has worked to ensure equity in access to Advanced Placement classes.