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Pleasanton school district hires 2 new principals, vice principal

Two administrators latest to move to other school districts

A Tamalpais High School principal has been named the new principal of Amador Valley High School, succeeding Jim Hansen, who is retiring.

Tom Drescher served for five years as the principal at Tamalpais High in Mill Valley from 2008-13. He also served as assistant principal, also at Tamalpais High School, in the Tamalpais Union High School District during the 2007-08 school year.

Before taking on administrative positions, Drescher was a high school counselor, head counselor and guidance director for eight years. He began his career as a special education teacher for five years in New York state.

Drescher has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the State University of New York, a master's in counselor education from Canisius College, a Catholic college in western New York State, and his administrative credential from UC Riverside. He is currently completing work on a doctorate degree in education at San Francisco State University.

At its meeting Tuesday night, the board named Lynnette Chirrick, a principal at Ceres Unified School District, to step in as the new Donlon Elementary principal, the fifth principal at the school in as many years. She replaces Stephanie Ceminsky, who is relocating with her husband to the San Diego area.

Chirrick has served as an elementary school principal in the Ceres Unified School District for five years. Prior to becoming principal, she taught second and third grade and also served as an elementary vice principal and an assistant coordinator, all in the Ceres school district.

According to an online profile, Chirrick completed a master's degree in educational leadership at CSU Stanislaus and recently served as the head of M. Robert Adkison Elementary School in Modesto.

The board also named Ryan Templeman as a new vice principal to split his time between Harvest Park and Pleasanton middle schools. Templeman was a social studies teacher at Amador Valley High School.

PMS Vice Principal Lisa Hague was appointed by the school board to coordinate program improvement for the entire district.

"We're very fortunate to have her," Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi said.

Meanwhile, two Pleasanton administrators have taken positions outside the district.

The Burlingame School Board appointed Dr. Ken Wyatt as its new assistant superintendent of administrative services. Wyatt was hired at the Burlingame board's May 28 meeting. He is director of special education at the Pleasanton district and replaces Burlingame's Assistant Superintendent Jud Kempson, who is leaving the district to attend law school in Washington, D.C.

Mohr Elementary Principal Ben Fobert is leaving the district to take a post as the founding principal of Mountain House High School in Mountain House, where he lives. Fobert will remain with the district through part of the summer, coordinating Pleasanton's summer school program.

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