The Pleasanton Unified School District welcomed the next principal for Pleasanton Middle School at the start of the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday night.
Joe Nguyen, currently principal at Iron Horse Middle School in San Ramon, will take over for outgoing principal Jill Butler after she retires at the end of June. Butler had led the Pleasanton Middle School campus since November 2015 and had a long career before then as an educator.
Nguyen briefly addressed the school board and audience and told the Weekly afterward that he plans to “embrace the Pleasanton Middle School community, get to know people and establish strong relationships” with families and faculty when the 2019-20 school year starts.
Prior to his seven-year tenure at Iron Horse, Nguyen was also a principal in the Castro Valley Unified School District and worked as a middle school teacher before moving into administrative positions. He graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and received his master’s in educational leadership from California State University East Bay.
Nguyen officially assumes leadership at Pleasanton Middle School on July 1.