Pleasanton Unified spokeswoman Nicole Steward resigned this week to take a job as Milpitas Unified School District's Family & Community Engagement Manager. Steward gave her two-week notice to the district on Monday.
Steward told district staff in an email that she was leaving to become the first social worker at Milpitas Unified, and the move would allow her to be closer to other volunteer projects and to spend more time with the foster kids she mentors through Court Appointed Special Advocates. She described her new role as "the first and only social worker in the district."
"Several exciting opportunities have been presented to me but are all in Santa Clara County," she wrote. "I've been asked to offer trauma-informed yoga for sexual assault survivors at Stanford University as a part of their fight to end sexual violence on college campuses (Title IX) as well as teach yoga to girls in juvenile hall with the Art of Yoga Project and create a few yoga/mindfulness workshops on Radical Self-Care with Be The Change Yoga in San Jose."
The district will select a replacement for the position of Coordinator of Communication & Community Engagement. Steward was also the district spokeswoman.
In her email, Steward lampooned those within the district who spread gossip, rather than forgiveness and love.
"In the last few years, however, I've been seeing less & less compassion and kindness for each other. Some people are quick to complain, but offer no solutions. Some people are quick to judge, with little forgiveness or positive suppositions. Some people gossip & spread rumors, but have no courage to talk directly to those they talk about. While this saddens me, I know we can change this," she wrote. "We can control the kind of atmosphere we create here in PUSD and in Pleasanton. And for the sake of our students (who notice how we treat each other) we must."
Steward declined to comment on her resignation when contacted by the Pleasanton Weekly.
She has been a district employee for four years as spokeswoman and as an assessment and testing coordinator. Prior, she was a social work consultant, spokeswoman for the Fremont Unified School District and community relations coordinator and grants monitor for the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services. She has a master's in social work from the University of Connecticut.