Harvest Park principal tapped for Amador Valley High post

Jim Hansen to move after 11 years at middle school

Parents of Amador Valley High School students have gotten their wish.

In May, parents met to discuss what they want in a new principal at Amador, and agreed they'd like someone 'visible" and "collaborative" -- someone, they said, like Harvest Park Principal Jim Hansen.

The district announced yesterday that Hansen has agreed to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Bill Coupe.

Jan Mitchell, president of the Amador Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) said Hansen got some behind-the-scenes encouragement.

"Parents from Harvest Park put a bug in his ear and asked that he take the job," Mitchell said.

Hansen has been principal at Harvest Park for 11 years. Under his leadership, the middle school has been recognized as a California Distinguished School, a National Blue Ribbon School and a National School of Character.

Before coming to Harvest Park, Hansen was principal at three schools in Dublin: Wells Middle School, Dublin High School, and Valley High, Dublin's continuation high school. He still needs the approval of the Pleasanton school board, which is expected to come at its next meeting.

Mitchell describes Hansen as "warm and personable."

"All these years after my son attended his school he (Hansen) still remembers his name and asks about him," she said.

Mitchell admits that Amador's gain is Harvest Park's loss.

"Those are going to be big shoes to fill," she said. "I think there won't be anyone like him. They have to opt for equal talents but not the same ones."

She said there's some consolation for Harvest Park parents, though.

"They can at least look forward to having him in their student's high school years," Mitchell said.


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Posted by Scott
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 29, 2010 at 6:37 pm

This is great news! Jim was a terrific principal when our daughter was at HP, and now he'll be a tremendous addition during our son's years at Amador. Congratulations, Jim!

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2010 at 8:32 am

Jim Hansen will be great for Amador! We will miss him at Harvest Park, but those of us with kids at Amador as well are thrilled with these news!

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Posted by Judy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2010 at 8:32 am

Lucky, lucky Amador!! The kids and parents will love Jim as much as HP parents did. Congratulations, Jim!

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Posted by WTG
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 30, 2010 at 8:36 am

What a great addition that Amador Valley will have with Jim Hansen. He is an amazing man with such a huge heart and he always handles everyone with such class. I am so glad to see Jim at the helm of Amador Valley. You will see this school improve with leaps and bounds as it moves forward with progress in all of his tenure.

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Posted by artlover
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 30, 2010 at 9:17 am

This is fabulous! Yay Yay Yay!!!!

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Posted by Jan Batcheller
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 30, 2010 at 10:38 am

Hooray for Pleasanton schools! Jim is the best. Congratulations, Jim

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Posted by Robin
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jun 30, 2010 at 10:42 am

Jim Hansen is a great administrator and Amador is very fortunate to have him. He will be a much welcome and needed addition to the school. He did great things at Harvest Park. NOt only is he fantastic with the students, but he is great with the faculty and parents. GO AVHS!!

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Posted by D W
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2010 at 10:49 am

I remember when Hansen taught and coached baseball at Logan. Any other Eastbay high school may have been easy to turn down.

But we're talking Amador Valley High School, only among the Eastbay's greatest high schools ever. Amador's history, in many ways, is unmatched. Best wishes to the Hansen team in their efforts to add to the school's greatness. There is always room to improve.

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Posted by Anne
a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 30, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Awesome news!! It doesn't get much better than Jim Hansen. He is not only a fantastic administrator, but an even more amazing person. What a great role model for students, parents, and faculty! Go Dons!

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Parkside
on Jun 30, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Congratulations Jim! Well deserved and Amador is very fortunate.

GREAT choice!

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Posted by Kennedy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 1, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Jim Hansen is an absolutely a wonderful choice. He is such a family guy with a great wife and
three kids. He's got so much experience at all levels, been a coach in basketball, track and swimming. He gets along with everyone! Lucky AVHS ! (Comment partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff)

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Posted by Proud Parent
a resident of California Reflections
on Jul 2, 2010 at 6:22 pm

So very happy for Mr. Hansen!! Amador is getting a GREAT administrator! I met Mr. Hansen 4 years ago when my son started at Harvest Park. He is now at Amador & my daughter is in 7th grade at HP. Mr. Hansen prides himself in knowing each and every name of his students & to me, this is not only amazing but so commendable. He is a great role model & all his students absolutely love him. Amador is LUCKY to have him! Congrats Mr. Hansen!

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Posted by Cara
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jul 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I wish Mr. Hansen was at Amador when I was! I loved my years at Harvest Park while he was principal. I don't think anyone better could fill the position. I'm so happy for him and for Amador!

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Posted by chocomilk
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Jul 12, 2010 at 9:42 pm

who's the next hpms principal?

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