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Principal quits job at Alisal Elementary School

Original post made on Jul 24, 2014

Alisal Elementary School principal Terri Quesinberry has resigned.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7:53 AM

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Posted by Miley
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 24, 2014 at 8:11 am

Did they find a new principal for Lydiksen yet?
Another 1 bites the dust .....

Posted by Moe Girls
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 24, 2014 at 8:12 am

We are so saddened by this news and wish Principal Q nothing but the BEST of luck. She helped to make our first year at Alisal a great one and was one of the MOST visible administrators I have ever seen. Her love and support of the school was felt in so many ways...and my girls will miss waving to her every day at pick up. Best of luck Q! Love all the Moes!

Posted by Alisal Family
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Jul 24, 2014 at 8:57 am

Oh no! She will be greatly missed! She was one of the best, friendliest, visible and open for communication with parents Principal we've ever had a chance to meet. We loved the fact she was there in front of the school everyday to direct the drop-off/pick-up traffic and waving to everyone, remembering the names of all the kids and parents.
We wish you all the best Mrs.Q, and hope the decision you made will bring you lots of happiness!

Posted by Mom of 2
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jul 24, 2014 at 9:40 am

Don't know of Mrs Q, but sure hope she won the lottery and is making a change on her own terms. All the best to her. The role if Principal can be a tough and thankless job. Especially in PUSD.

Turnover can be healthy but the persistant high rate at PUSD is down right disturbing.

Posted by Resign or be fired?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2014 at 9:48 am

Wonder if she resigned under the threat of being fired?

Bad things happens to great principals in the PUSD

Wonder if she was the topic of the hasty 7:39 am Board meeting a couple weeks ago?

We will never know due to lack of transparency

All the best to you Mrs. Q!

Posted by Nancy
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jul 24, 2014 at 3:21 pm

So how many of PUSD schools have now had principal's resign or unjustly run out as in the Jon Vranish case since Ahmadi came on board. Thank godness I only have one year left in this district with my children after having them as students here for going on eighteen years. If you have younger children and care about their education you need to fight to have Ahmadi removed. The revolving door for our principals will just continue with her at the helm. Three of those that have quit or unjustly run out were my children's principals and all three were the best of the best and their leaving is such a huge loss. I used to dislike John Casey and now I'd do anything I could to get him back.

Dear School Board: Wake up. How are all of you standing back and watching this happen? Get rid if Ahmadi before we suffer additional losses. This is ridiculous.

Posted by Not surprised
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 24, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Wow, so shocking! Another principal has left their position. Hmm, how many does that make in the past couple of years? Great job PUSD at holding on to outstanding administrators. If your not removing them from their position, they are leaving on their own. PUSD is horrible and is run by a bunch of monkys. Instead of retaining top admins, your too busy paying off liars. Keep up the stellar work.

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 24, 2014 at 3:55 pm

If Ms. Q decides to go public, that's her right. If chooses to keep the matter of her resignation private, that's her decision.

Many of you need to relax, cut the cheese, speculate in private, and chow down.

i rest my case...

Posted by Christine
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 24, 2014 at 8:48 pm

So the District says they welcome public input for the kind of administrator they should hire to replace Mrs. Q... Seriously? What a waste of time. They will hire whoever they think will blindly follow whatever directives they're fed. What parents think simply doesn't matter so why pretend that it does?

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 24, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Maybe the district is looking for somebody with big feet and only 1 ear?

Posted by Me Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Christine, s0 you find it difficult to imagine someone hiring a person who will do what they are asked to do? And no, it doesn't matter what a few parents things, because there are tens of thousands of parents in the district. yes, the feedback is silly and a waste of time, but if they didn't do it there would be community outrage.

Posted by Christine
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 25, 2014 at 8:59 am

Me Too, I simply find it ironic that the District acts like it matters to have public feedback in order to hire a principal for any school in this district. And considering the recent events at Walnut Grove and Hart, it appears that all that has to happen is for someone to balk at doing the job they're asked to do, file a complaint with their union and then wait for the district to remove the offending principal and install a new, more compliant one. The District can't keep good principals because they won't support them. They're too busy cracking under pressure from the CTA. The bloom is off the rose at PUSD and the exodus of good principals is the result.

Posted by Honest
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Jul 25, 2014 at 9:40 am

Let's just set the record straight, Q was a first-time principle Alisal, and it showed. Schools need a strong leader to balance the needs of the children, the desires of the parents and the morale of the teachers. While I believed her intentions were good, she made a mess of our school. During the three years she was principal at Alisal, test scores have dropped, enrichment programs have been cut, field trips are at the whim of the teachers. All while volunteer parents are bending over backwards to do everything they can to support the children's needs and fill the gaps where the school is lacking . Our school needs principle with the backbone. I sat in many PTA meetings in which requests were made of the staff only to have her reply, " if the teachers don't want to do it, they don't have to". I think you can see who was running the school. Do good principals exist? Yes, we had one right before Q. Simione was the real thing. I Wish she'd return. She was VP at Hearst and "trained" under an excellent leader.
We need someone with experience, who can inspire teachers to do their best, not let them get away with mediocrity. Please don't give us another newbie.

Posted by Agreed
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jul 25, 2014 at 10:00 am

@Christine nailed it.

Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 25, 2014 at 10:07 am

If a principal has a backbone, teachers will have trumped up complaints made about them until the school board quivers and fires them. The teachers in the district have no interest in leadership or accountability.

The district achieves by the grace of the amazing students the teachers are provided, and nothing more.

Posted by Agreed
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jul 25, 2014 at 10:08 am

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 25, 2014 at 10:11 am

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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jul 25, 2014 at 10:14 am

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Posted by Christine
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 25, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Bill, you're absolutely right when you give credit to all the hardworking students and the amazing teachers we do have. They are the only ones who are keeping this district from crashing completely. But with the current superintendent and board and their combined lack of leadership and vision, PUSD's reputation has been sullied. And Agreed, Bill and Nancy... Thank you! :)

Posted by No surprise
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2014 at 1:32 pm

No informed person of sound mind would take a principal position in PUSD under the Ahmadi regime.

Posted by A Pleasanton Teacher
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Hey Bill,

How about you avoid making generalizations when you clearly do not know what you are talking about?

Just a thought.

A Pleasanton Teacher

Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Hey, "teacher," why do you call me Bill when my real name is Christine, or Nancy, or Agreed, or No Surpise?

Posted by highdiver
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2014 at 7:07 pm

I guess I'm not into rocket science. But, I don't see anything posted on the Pleasanton schools website regarding the resignation. Is it under Lunch menu? lol. Also, under Employment opportunities I don't see any advertisement for a new Principal. Does this mean a successor has already been selected?

Posted by Saddened
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Jul 28, 2014 at 12:13 am

Principal Q was simply outstanding. I have a student with an IEP who gets support from the Resource Teacher, and she was always at our meetings. She was great. Super supportive, she always listened to questions I had. I always saw her at pick up and drop off. She knew my kid and always made a point to reach out and address us when we came in. Started the day off on a positive note. It is a big, big loss to Alisal to lose her. My family just loved her. I also heard that the whole special education office left over the summer.

Posted by Not Surprised
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 28, 2014 at 9:17 am

It doesn't matter what type of leader we get in this district because our school board and superintendent are afraid to go head to head with the union. We have some great teachers in this district and unfortunately it is the several few that shouldn't be working in our district and those are the ones that run to the union and complain anytime they disagree with what is being asked of them and the board and supper let it happen.

Posted by Scott Walsh
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 28, 2014 at 12:31 pm

I think this was Q's second go round in this district, maybe more. She was Asst. Principal at WG when my daughter attended PUSD. Was unsteady then in her role and eventually returned to Fremont School District. Nice lady, don't know what happened but maybe Mgt. position not for her. Is Ms. Taylor still at Alisal? Outstanding person first, great teacher secondly.

Posted by Livo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 29, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Terri Quesinberry came to Livermore - new principal at Sunset Elementary.

Web Link

Posted by Kara
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 4, 2014 at 4:39 pm

We will really miss Ms. Q. The campus is a really positive environment where my kids. One of the best elementary campuses I have been on. I believe the change in the special education department was greatly needed and long over due. The lack of a permanent Special Ed Director for the last year seemed to cause a complete lack of direction and communication. A very negative year. The new director is amazing and has a long history with Pleasanton. Kudos to the board for making that change!!!!

Posted by Question
a resident of Danbury Park
on Aug 4, 2014 at 7:10 pm

I see the District also posted a position for Assistant Special Ed Director and various principals.

Does this mean Tara Kyle resigned?

Posted by pleasanton was nice forty years ago
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Lived hear all my life. went to school here as did my kids and relatives.
10 percent of the teachers are great 90 percent are garbage. That has been my experience. That goes for the administrators too. But what do you expect from part-time employees.

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