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Valley View principal promoted to district office

Villaseñor will be PUSD's new coordinator of equity and access

Valley View Elementary's principal is leaving the school after the academic year but will be remaining with the district to serve in another capacity.

Soraya Villaseñor. (Weekly file photo)

After four years as principal, Soraya Villaseñor recently confirmed in a message to the Valley View community that she would be returning for the 2021-22 school year in a new role with Pleasanton Unified School District.

"Although, as you know I will not be the principal here at the View next school year, please know that in my next role my job will be to continue to support our Valley View Mustangs," Villaseñor said, adding for parents to "please reach out if ever there is anything I can do to help."

PUSD spokesman Patrick Gannon told the Weekly that Villaseñor was "recently appointed as our coordinator of equity and access a few meetings ago," and the district is currently in the hiring process for a new principal.

"Mrs. Villaseñor has been an incredible leader at Valley View Elementary over the last four years," Gannon said. "In her new role, she will play an integral role in assisting schools in addressing the needs and supporting equity and access for students and families of historically marginalized communities."

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Villaseñor, who has three children enrolled in PUSD, was first appointed the principal of Valley View in 2017, replacing former principal Rafael Cruz upon his retirement. It was her first job as principal and second administrator job after previously serving as vice principal for a year at Junction Avenue K-8 School in Livermore.

Villaseñor could not be reached for comment as of Wednesday.

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Valley View principal promoted to district office

Villaseñor will be PUSD's new coordinator of equity and access

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, May 26, 2021, 1:27 pm
Updated: Wed, May 26, 2021, 5:45 pm

Valley View Elementary's principal is leaving the school after the academic year but will be remaining with the district to serve in another capacity.

After four years as principal, Soraya Villaseñor recently confirmed in a message to the Valley View community that she would be returning for the 2021-22 school year in a new role with Pleasanton Unified School District.

"Although, as you know I will not be the principal here at the View next school year, please know that in my next role my job will be to continue to support our Valley View Mustangs," Villaseñor said, adding for parents to "please reach out if ever there is anything I can do to help."

PUSD spokesman Patrick Gannon told the Weekly that Villaseñor was "recently appointed as our coordinator of equity and access a few meetings ago," and the district is currently in the hiring process for a new principal.

"Mrs. Villaseñor has been an incredible leader at Valley View Elementary over the last four years," Gannon said. "In her new role, she will play an integral role in assisting schools in addressing the needs and supporting equity and access for students and families of historically marginalized communities."

Villaseñor, who has three children enrolled in PUSD, was first appointed the principal of Valley View in 2017, replacing former principal Rafael Cruz upon his retirement. It was her first job as principal and second administrator job after previously serving as vice principal for a year at Junction Avenue K-8 School in Livermore.

Villaseñor could not be reached for comment as of Wednesday.

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20 years
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Valley View Elementary School
on May 27, 2021 at 9:28 am
20 years, Valley View Elementary School
Registered user
on May 27, 2021 at 9:28 am

Is this a good thing? I do not know Mrs. Villasenor as my kids moved on from Valley View before she took the reins. My comments are not directed at her, but at PUSD. The district has a habit of moving lousy administrators from the schools to the district to allow them to finish their contracts without being fired. This happened with 5 lousy Amador Principals in 4 years. The district needs to either do a better job hiring or save us all money by simply firing poor performers.
I wish Mrs. Villasenor the best in her new gig with the district.


Todd
Registered user
Valley View Elementary School
on May 27, 2021 at 11:57 am
Todd, Valley View Elementary School
Registered user
on May 27, 2021 at 11:57 am

Unfortunately same pattern here.


Indy Girl
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Walnut Hills
on May 27, 2021 at 12:42 pm
Indy Girl, Walnut Hills
Registered user
on May 27, 2021 at 12:42 pm

Congratulations to Soraya on her career advancement! I do personally and professionally know Soraya and she is a dedicated administrator and has served the Valley View community professionally and has had excellent rapport with the families and students.

I worked for PUSD for eight unsettling years. During that time, superintendants and principals were hired from outside of the district when experienced, long-term staff and teachers were interview candidates.

Of the numerous (more than I can count on two hands) vice principals, teachers and staff who have advanced to serve at the district level, they have proven themselves first at the school level, and continue to provide positive, professional service at the district level. Historically, our long-term teachers and administrators are excellent candidates for service at the district level and I fully support advancement of teachers and staff to upper level positions within the schools and for our district.


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