Principal's Corner

Principal's Corner


Dear Sunnybrae Community,

I am very excited to join the Sunnybrae team as the new principal for the 2018-19 school year and collaborate with you so that our students can receive the best education through the International Baccalaureate program. I believe in educating the whole child so that every student can reach their social, emotional, and academic potential and together we can make this possible for all our students. Some of the things that excite me the most about the Sunnybrae community is its great diversity and values around supporting our students to become global citizens with critical thinking skills. In a rapid changing world, these skills are essential.

I want to share a little about my background: I am originally from Mexico and was raised in Southern California. Thirteen years ago, I moved to the Bay Area for graduate school at Stanford and now call this my home. I live in San Francisco with my husband and we enjoy traveling and learning about different cultures. During my free time, I also enjoy hiking and doing yoga.

In the field of education, I have fifteen years of experience, ranging from preschool to middle school. I taught in schools in Southern California and the Bay Area, where I specialized in bilingual education and co-founded a Spanish Immersion program for the Menlo Park City School District. My career in school administration began in the Palo Alto School District, where I served as the assistant principal for two of their elementary choice schools, Escondido Elementary and Ohlone Elementary. I also served as a Teacher on Special Assignment for Response to Intervention (RTI) to help schools support all students to have academic success. Most recently, I was the principal of North Hillsborough Elementary School in the Hillsborough City School District. There I have had the opportunity to collaborate with staff to implement the Multi-tier System of Support (MTSS) framework to support academic and social-emotional success for all our students. We also did much work around social-emotional learning and opened a mindfulness room in the school. My education includes a BA from Chapman University and two Masters Degrees from Stanford and UC Berkeley. I am also a National Certified Teacher for Early Childhood Education.

I look forward to meeting you and your children very soon so that we can make the 2018-19 school year an exciting year. 


Aleyda Barrera-Cruz