Amador Valley High principal resigning at end of school year

Tom Drescher to step down June 30, "pursuing new career options"

Amador Valley High principal Tom Drescher will be leaving the school to pursue another career opportunity at the end of this school year.

Drescher made the announcement Monday in an email to faculty, saying he is sharing the news now "to ensure there is adequate time to find a new principal and allow a smooth transition in leadership."

"Amador Valley High School is unequivocally one of the finest schools in the country and it has been an honor and a privilege to work with a remarkable school community these past three years," Drescher said in his email. "Please know I will be fully engaged as the instructional leader of AVHS for the remainder of the school year."

Drescher will leave the school on June 30, 2016. He declined to elaborate on what "new career options" he is pursuing when contacted by the Pleasanton Weekly.

He has been the principal at Amador Valley since June 2013 and was previously a principal for five years at a Mill Valley high school.

Drescher is another in a line of principals who have announced their resignation due to promotions or other career opportunities in other districts. Most recently, Walnut Grove Elementary School principal Jan Steed left this month when she accepted a district-level position. Interim principal Chris Connor has since been chosen as the school's new leader.

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61 people like this
Posted by Why start now?
a resident of Avignon
on Jan 12, 2016 at 12:31 pm

He's never been engaged but he's going to be fully engaged now?
This is a win for Amador Valley.

10 people like this
Posted by Teacher
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jan 12, 2016 at 1:47 pm

This is NOT a win. Dr. Drescher is a well respected presence on our campus and will be highly missed.

10 people like this
Posted by Parent
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 12, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Dresher shook things up when they needed to be shaken up. In 2013 had just gotten his degree in educational leadership and was aiming for something district level. This position was lateral for him. He came to Pleasanton looking for a promotion. He has been passed over for a promotion. So he moves on. Dresher appears to have a goal, and seems to be working toward that.

Expect more heads to move on.

13 people like this
Posted by Joe
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jan 12, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Pleasanton Weekly -can you please limit comments to registered users only to minimize the spiteful comments that are far too common on Town Square.

37 people like this
Posted by Proud AVHS parent
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 12, 2016 at 4:56 pm

If you compare him to the last two amazing AVHS principals, Drescher was not engaged. Rarely saw him on campus. Mr. Hansen was highly visible on campus. If Drescher is looking for a job in the district office, then I commend him for resigning. We need a principal who is vested in student education and our school, not an administrator just waiting it out to get to the next rung on the district ladder.

59 people like this
Posted by Edith
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jan 12, 2016 at 5:34 pm

Dr Drescher came to Amador saying he was there to stay for awhile. He said he wanted to be Principal and work with the Amador community. If he is leaving after only a little more than two years than it is because something is wrong. Ask any student what interaction they have had with him? Why Start Now hit it on the nail. Amador deserves better and will get better.

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