By Iris Wang, Managing Editor-in-Chief
Superintendent John Nickerson of the Acalanes Union High School District shared the news of Acalanes Principal Allison Silvestri’s resignation with the Acalanes parents and community on March 3, 2016. Silvestri will remain as Principal until the end of this school year, June 30, and will assist in the transition to a new principal for the 2016-2017 school year.
Nickerson’s message thanked Silvestri for her commitment and accomplishments during her two years as Acalanes Principal. He also expressed that the District is “fully committed to recruit and hire a highly competent, committed, and suitable successor”and invited input from community members and stakeholders. Nickerson offered the Acalanes community a chance to complete a survey regarding the Principal position and noted that the District would be working with Acalanes parent leadership for additional input.
The District will be immediately posting the position and recruiting potential successors. In early April, the screening and interviewing process will occur. The District hopes to choose the next Acalanes principal by mid-April 2016.
The District declined to comment on why Silvestri resigned.
After earning a Bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education and a Master’s degree in Education from Boston College, Silvestri set out on an unconventional career path in education. She volunteered with World Teach and taught English to Kindergarten through sixth graders at a rural village in Costa Rica. One year later, she worked at San Mateo High School as a resource specialist for three years.
Silvestri then spent nine months privately tutoring two girls on their family’s private motor yacht while they sailed around the South Pacific. Afterward, she taught English and social studies at Woodside High School, near Davis. Silvestri also coached softball at San Mateo and Woodside and served as an assistant volleyball coach while teaching at Woodside.
A few years later, she transitioned into associate principal and principal positions at Half Moon Bay High School. She’s currently finishing her doctorate degree at St. Mary’s College in Moraga.