Principal's Corner

Principal's Corner

August, 2019

Dear Sunnybrae Parents and Guardians,

I hope that you are having a fun and relaxing summer. I am very excited to begin the 2019-2020 school year very soon in the coming weeks and welcome your children. We have an amazing group of educators who are ready to work together to support your child’s social-emotional, intellectual and physical development through our International Baccalaureate program. This year, we are starting some exciting new initiatives: First, we hired our own Spanish teacher so that all of our students can get weekly Spanish from a certificated teacher and our former kinder teacher, Ms. Casey will be teaching this class. Second, we will be providing coaching to all our teachers in the area of language and literacy. Also, Ms. Moberg, our school counselor, will be with us full-time school counselor and will provide weekly social-emotional lessons to all our students. Finally, we will beginning the Playworks program to support our students during recess time.   

about myself

I am originally from Mexico and was raised in Southern California. Fourteen 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. My favorite author is Eckart Tolle.

I started my career in education nineteen year ago when I worked as a classroom assistant in a preschool. My experience ranges 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. Before joining Sunnybrae, 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 also hold an National Board Certification in Early Childhood Education.

I look forward to meeting you and your children very soon so that we can make the 2019-2020 school year an exciting year. 

Sincerely,

Aleyda Barrera-Cruz