Pleasanton Weekly

News - May 14, 2010

Educator Matt Campbell takes top post at Las Lomas High

Long-time Pleasanton teacher, administrator served one term on City Council

by Jeb Bing

Matt Campbell, 43, vice principal at both Hart Middle School and Pleasanton Middle School, has been hired as the new principal at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek.

He will succeed Pat Lickiss, who is retiring June 30 after 37 years with the Acalanes Union High School District, which includes Las Lomas High.

Campbell was reportedly among candidates under consideration to succeed Steve Maher, who is retiring this summer as principal at Hart Middle School in Pleasanton. Previously, Campbell was a vice principal for four years at Foothill High School.

A graduate of the old Pleasanton elementary school and Amador Valley High School, Campbell taught economics, world history and civics at Amador. He led his Competition Civics Team to the Washington, D.C., finals in the "We the People" contest.

When Campbell decided to run for the Pleasanton City Council in 2000, he was one of the top vote-getters. He was the youngest on the council and also the first teacher ever elected to the post, but chose not to seek re-election in 2004 when his first term of office expired.

Campbell is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and received his master's degree from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass. He is currently completing his doctorate at St. Mary's College.

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