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New year to bring new faces in FCUSD schools, district office

Beginning in the next school year, Folsom Cordova will be welcoming new leaders who look forward to the opportunity to grow the achievements of our schools and to build strong relationships with our students, families, and staff.

The Board of Education has approved the following selections:

Jim Huber, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Jim Huber, Ed.D., Director of Curriculum and Instruction: Huber has been with FCUSD since 2006 and is currently the principal of Mitchell Middle School, where he was instrumental in implementing the International Baccalaureate Programme. He has previously served as the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development in St. Hope Public Schools, and as School Improvement/Small Learning Community Facilitator in the Sacramento City Unified School District. This new position will report to Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education and will oversee FCUSD’s Lead Teachers, Early Childhood Education, and Testing. Huber’s appointment is effective July 1.




Channa Cook-Harvey, Director of Social Emotional Learning Channa Cook-Harvey, Ph.D., Director of Social Emotional Learning: Cook-Harvey is a senior researcher with the Learning Policy Institute in Palo Alto. There, she collaborates with President/CEO Linda Darling-Hammond and other staff to lead, design, and manage complex national and California-based qualitative education research studies focused on social-emotional learning, whole-child approaches to schooling, and trauma-informed practices. She began her career in education as a high school English teacher and literacy coach in Los Angeles, and she co-founded and served as principal of Sojourner Truth Academy in New Orleans. This newly created director position will operate in collaboration with Instructional Services and Special Education and strengthen FCUSD’s efforts to educate the whole child. The position will work in tandem with the District’s Director of Attendance and Due Process, and FCUSD’s Child Welfare Coordinator position will report to both of these directors. Cook-Harvey’s appointment is effective July 1.


Kim Harrison, Chief Technology Officer Kimberly Harrison, Chief Technology Officer (CTO): As Director of Technology for the Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento, Harrison plans, organizes, and directs technical and instructional support in the service of 7,500 students in 14 schools. In addition, Kim works closely with the certificated instructional technology team to deliver all technology-related professional development and ongoing coaching support for teachers,administrators, and staff. She has previously served as a Staff Development Coordinator for the Sacramento County Office of Education, and also shares learning on her website, The CTO, now a certificated teaching post, will be embedded in FCUSD’s instructional leadership, reporting directly to Elementary and Secondary Education. Harrison’s appointment is effective July 1.


The new director positions were created earlier this year in a reorganization intended to foster more collaboration, to better align resources across general education and special education, and to build stronger social-emotional supports for students.


Director of Athletics Peter Maroon Director of Athletics: Peter Maroon
This newly created District position will support student athletes, athletic programs and school staff by supporting the use of athletic facilities, ensuring compliance of programs, and serving as a liaison between site athletic directors, administrators, booster programs, families, and other related groups. Maroon has served for the last decade as the principal of Mills Middle School in Rancho Cordova. In previous roles, he has served as the athletic director for Folsom High School (2000-2006), vice principal at Folsom High School, teacher at Folsom Middle, and he also has coached football and basketball at Folsom High.







Cordova High Principal Jerad Hydan Principal, Cordova High School: Jerad Hyden

Hyden is an instructional leader who is known for having high expectations while building positive relationships with his students, staff, and families. He joined Cordova High as an assistant principal 2017 after working in neighboring school districts that serve diverse communities.

During the selection process, Hyden outlined a comprehensive, multiyear vision for improving student achievement so that all learners are prepared for success after high school, whether in college or their careers. He also emphasized a desire to strengthen relationships with community partners, and to lead proactive outreach to the school’s feeder elementary and middle schools in an effort to build Lancer Pride and enthusiasm throughout the community. 

Hyden, the first in his family to graduate from college, began his career in education teaching middle and high school students in underserved communities of South Sacramento. Before joining Cordova High, Hyden served as a teacher-in-charge at Valley High School, where he held administrative duties, including maintaining positive outreach with all feeder sites to foster student matriculation to the high school. Additionally, he served two years as an assistant principal at Sacramento High School in Oak Park, where he collaborated with teachers to obtain the highest growth in math scores within the Sacramento County Unified School District.

“Jerad has a track record of building a positive rapport with staff and students alike, and he inspires those around him to rise to the challenge of helping all students meet their potential,” said Superintendent Sarah Koligian. “Those who know and work closely with him will tell you that in a short time he already embodies Lancer Pride.” 

Hyden was selected after an extensive public input process and search that drew candidates from outside of the District. During forums held for Cordova High staff, families, alumni, students, and community members - as well as in survey responses - stakeholders indicated that they desired Cordova High’s next leader to be visible on campus and in the community, with a deep knowledge of strong educational practices and success in a diverse community.


Dana Carrigan Principal, Mills Middle School: Dana Carrigan

Carrigan has been an educator in Folsom Cordova schools for more than two decades, beginning her career as a middle school science teacher. Since 2012 she has been the principal of Kinney High School in Rancho Cordova and, in 2016, took on the additional role of principal of Prospect Community Day School under a campus restructuring.

Under her leadership, Kinney High School was honored earlier this year by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson as one of the best continuation schools in California. Kinney was credited with creating innovative programs that focus on academics and social-emotional learning, and for helping students who have faced many challenges - including chronic absenteeism and truancy - get back on the path to realizing their full academic potential.

Carrigan has previously served in assistant principal positions at Cordova High, Mills Middle and Mitchell Middle schools.



Principal, Mitchell Middle School: Dan Anklam
Anklam, who has served as the principal of Cordova High School since 2010, will become the new principal at Mitchell Middle School. He fills the vacancy that will be left by Jim Huber, Ed.D., who was recently selected as the District’s new Director of Curriculum and Instruction. At Mitchell, Anklam will continue to support the campuswide International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, whose students continue on in the program at Cordova High. Anklam began his teaching career in 1988 at Mitchell before moving on to Cordova High, where he spent the last 25 years of his career.


Dr. Sandra Garcia  Assistant Principal, Mitchell Middle School: Sandra Garcia, Ed.D.
Garcia has more than 20 years of educational experience, including seven years in administration. Since 2016, she has served as the principal of Lee Middle School in the Woodland Joint Unified School District.

Previous positions have included: Assistant Principal at Harvest Middle School in the Napa Valley Unified School District; Assistant Principal at Serrano Middle School in the San Bernardino City Unified School District; and English Learner Specialist, math and adult education teacher in the Moreno Valley Unified School District.







Kinney High Principal Michelle Flowers Principal, Kinney High School: Michelle Flowers

Flowers brings an extensive background in alternative education leadership to her new role in Folsom Cordova. For the past three years, she has served as the principal of King Continuation High School in the Davis Joint Unified School District. Since 2017, she also has served as that district’s manager of student services, responsible for monitoring and improving student attendance across the district.

Flowers replaces outgoing principal Dana Carrigan, who has accepted a position as the next principal of Mills Middle School in Rancho Cordova.






Principal, Cordova Gardens Elementary: John Bliss
For the last four years Bliss has served as the principal of Folsom Middle School, and he fills the vacancy at Cordova Gardens that will be left by outgoing Principal Karen Redfield, who is retiring. Bliss joined Folsom Cordova in 1998 as a teacher at Cordova High School. In addition to his tenure at Folsom Middle School, Bliss has previously served as a vice principal at Folsom High School.

Larry Mahoney Principal, Folsom Middle School: Larry Mahoney
Mahoney has served as the principal of Rancho Cordova Elementary School since 2013 and will fill the vacancy left by John Bliss, who has accepted an opportunity to become principal at Cordova Gardens Elementary. Before leading Rancho Cordova Elementary, Mahoney was a teacher and department chair at Russell Ranch and Cordova Lane elementary schools.  









Principal, Rancho Cordova Elementary School: Jessica Hutchinson
Hutchinson joins Rancho Cordova Elementary as its next principal after five years as the principal at Cordova Villa Elementary. She replaces outgoing Principal Larry Mahoney, who will lead Folsom Middle School starting next year. Hutchinson began her tenure with Folsom Cordova schools in 2002 as a teacher at Cordova Lane Elementary and has also taught at Rancho Cordova and Theodore Judah elementary schools.  

Dr. Richard Tapia Principal, Cordova Villa Elementary: Richard Tapia, Ed.D.
Since 2014 Tapia has led the campus of Empire Oaks Elementary in Folsom and previously was the principal of Cordova Gardens (2010-14) and Cordova Lane (2004-10) elementary schools. He will fill the vacancy left by Principal Jessica Hutchinson, who has accepted the principal position at Rancho Cordova Elementary.











Rebecca Evers, Assistant Principal Cordova Villa Elementary Assistant Principal, Cordova Villa Elementary: Rebecca Evers
Evers joins Folsom Cordova after spending the last two years as the principal of Weimar Hills School in the Placer Hills Union School District, where she also served as a Student Support Services administrator, Supervisor of Attendance, and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) coach.

She began teaching in 1990 and has held numerous teaching, coaching, and administrative positions in her career. From 2009-2011 she was the Director of Special Education at the Shasta County Office of Education and has served in additional principal and assistant principal positions in the Southern Kern Unified School District, Enterprise Elementary School District, Anderson Union High School District, and the Black Oak Mine Unified School District.






Alison McKeeman Rice Principal, Empire Oaks Elementary: Alison McKeeman Rice

Since 2016 Rice has served as a Curriculum Lead Teacher, a District-level leader of English-language arts and literacy instruction for Folsom Cordova’s 20 elementary schools. In that role, she has provided targeted training to roughly 500 teachers and worked collaboratively with school principals to ensure effective literacy and writing development in students. 

Rice began her career in Folsom Cordova in 2002 as an English teacher at Mills Middle School and has additionally taught at Folsom High School and at schools in the Elk Grove Unified School District. She also is an adjunct professor for the Northern California Credential Program at Loyola Marymount University. Rice will fill the vacancy left by Richard Tapia, Ed.D., who accepted a position as principal at Cordova Villa Elementary.  





Principal, White Rock Elementary: Canen Peterson
For the last seven years Peterson has served as the principal of Theodore Judah Elementary School in Folsom. Peterson joined Folsom Cordova schools in 2000, when he was a teacher at Gold Ridge Elementary School in Folsom. Previous positions have included teacher at Cordova Villa Elementary and Principal of Natoma Station Elementary.

Principal, Theodore Judah Elementary School: Sandy Spaulding
Spaulding has been with the school district since 2009, when she was a teacher at Cordova Lane Elementary. Since 2012 she has served as the principal at White Rock Elementary in Rancho Cordova.  Previous positions have included Mitchell Middle School interim assistant principal (spring 2011) and assistant principal at Cordova High School (2011-12).

Assistant Principal, Cordova Meadows Elementary: Lynn Blodgett
Blodgett has been a teacher with Folsom Cordova schools since 2001 when she joined Mills Middle School. She has also served as an English-language arts (ELA) teacher at Cordova High and as a district secondary lead teacher for ELA.

CHS Assistant Principal Joel Francisco Assistant Principal, Cordova High School: Joel Francisco

Francisco is a longtime educator who has held many leadership positions - both at the site and the state level - since he began teaching English Language Arts/English Language Development at Mills Middle School 17 years ago. Those roles have included serving as the Northern California representative on the project team for the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), as well as an administrative designee at his school site this past year.

He replaces outgoing Assistant Principal Jerad Hyden, who has accepted the position of Principal at Cordova High School.







Mills Middle Assistant Principal Jenna Schuette Assistant Principal, Mills Middle School: Jenna Schuette

Schuette is a veteran educator who began her teaching career at Cordova Meadows Elementary School. She spent a decade as a teacher at Mills Middle School and another eight years as the school’s academic support coach.

Since 2016 Schuette has served as Folsom Cordova’s Academic Support Coach, helping increase teacher collaboration and facilitating strategies to improve student achievement. From March through June of 2018, she served as the interim principal of Carl Sundahl Elementary School in Folsom.







Folsom Middle Assistant Principal Christy Wilkerson Assistant Principal, Folsom Middle School: Christy Wilkerson

Wilkerson began her career in 1995 teaching middle school math and joined Folsom Cordova five years later as a math teacher at Folsom High School. In 2007 when Vista del Lago opened its doors, she jumped at the opportunity to create a new high school, and transferred there as math department chair. For the past three years she has gone back to her middle school roots and served as assistant principal of Mitchell Middle School.

She replaces outgoing Assistant Principal Lisa Moore, who has accepted a position in a neighboring school district.