School District Introduces New Faculty Members – Morgan Hill Times

With the 2022-23 school year fast approaching, the Morgan Hill Unified School District has hired eight new staff members to fill leadership positions on school campuses and at the central office.

The first day of the 2022-23 academic year for students at MHUSD’s 14 schools is August 16. Learn more below about some of the new faces students and faculty will see when they return to campus.

Director of El Toro School

Joe Guinane, the new Principal of El Toro Elementary School, started his career at MHUSD in 2011, serving as Middle School Teacher, ELD TOSA and Summer School Principal. Since 2019, Guinane has served as vice principal of Ann Sobrato High School, the press release said.

Guinane is excited about his new position and joins the El Toro team. “I believe all students can learn, in a positive learning atmosphere that encourages exploration and builds student confidence,” Guinane said. “I am convinced that the mission of every educator is to make school enjoyable and exciting.”

Vice Principal of Ann Sobrato High School

Sobrato High School’s new vice-principal, starting in the 2022-23 school year, is Mark Pierce, who has been an educator for more than 10 years. Most recently, Pierce worked as a professor of social studies and advanced placement, the press release says. He has also held positions as a summer school director, coach, tutor, mentor, and after-school coordinator in numerous states.

“My desire is to help students from diverse backgrounds as they prepare to launch into society as responsible citizens,” said Pierce.

Director of Family and Community Engagement

Corina Sapien Heiser joins MHUSD as the district’s new director of family and community engagement, with 32 years of experience as a teacher and administrator, according to MHUSD spokesperson Lanae Bays. For the past five years, Heiser has worked at SEAL (Sobrato Early Academic Language), overseeing Bilingual/Bilingual Education, Family Engagement, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Skills Assessment Team systems, event planning and professional development.

Previously at Gilroy, she served in Title I schools as a teacher, ELD literacy facilitator and bilingual school principal.

“Decades of research show that when schools partner with families and caregivers, students benefit, academically and otherwise,” Heiser said. “I am thrilled to work for a district that has this mission.”

Equity Coordinator

Abelardo De Leon, Jr., the local district’s new equity coordinator, has 22 years of experience as a teacher and administrator, Bays said in a news release. He has worked as an elementary teacher, after school coordinator, literacy resource teacher, vice principal, program manager and principal. For the past eight years, De Leon served as Principal of the Alisal Union School District, where he said he had “the privilege of serving multilingual learners, migrant students, students designated as socio-economically disadvantaged and their families. I am confident that students will succeed if we provide them and their families with the appropriate services and resources.”

Program Coordinator, Special Education

Sarah Melville has worked at Morgan Hill Unified since 2010, first as a paraprofessional and later as a special education teacher and department chair. She is now taking on a new role as MHUSD Program Coordinator for Special Education, the press release said.

Melville recently completed her Administrative Services Certification Program and is excited to continue serving students, staff and families as a Program Coordinator for Special Education.

“This is a pivotal time in the education of our children, and I relish the opportunity to be part of a leadership team that can effect change so that our students with disabilities succeed and thrive,” said Melville. .

Executive Assistant, Education Services

Claudia Estrada has worked in office support positions for over twenty years in Pajaro Valley, San Benito and Gilroy where she enjoyed being part of a team, training other office workers on customer service and efficient processes, the press release said. She is now the MHUSD Executive Assistant for Education Services.

Estrada is excited to bring her wealth of education knowledge to help the district’s Educational Services Division implement exciting new initiatives. “I am happy to have the opportunity to join the team and use my skills to create an efficient and stress-free office environment,” Estrada said.

Maintenance and Operations Supervisor

Ruben Rodriguez is the new district maintenance and operations supervisor. He has served as a senior maintenance technician at MHUSD since 2020, Bays said. Prior to working for MHUSD, he worked as an installation supervisor for First Alarm for approximately 11 years. He was also an electrician for five years.

“I am committed to following the advice of the Director of Operations and strive to provide the best possible experience for MHUSD students and staff,” Rodriguez said.

Grounds Supervisor

Serafin Castro is a well-known entity in the district. He has been the Grounds Foreman since 2013. Based on a restructuring of the department and the need for additional leadership, Castro was promoted to MHUSD Grounds Supervisor, the press release said.

“Serafin looks forward to working with its team, learning new technologies and maintaining ground audits at all facilities in the district,” the press release reads.

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