Principal's Corner

Principal's Corner


Dear Sunnybrae Parents and Guardians,

This year is unlike any other school year as we will educate our students during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We will collaborate with you to make this a successful school year.  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 and Common Core Standards. Our school has hired some amazing educators to support our students and  help us reach our goals: Dayna Rose will be joining us as our new Student Support Teacher on Special Assignment. Miranda Spang will be our new Mat/Science Teacher on Special Assignment. 

about myself

I am originally from Mexico and was raised in Southern California. Fifteen 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 twenty years ago when I worked as a classroom assistant at 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. Before joining Sunnybrae, I was the principal of North Hillsborough Elementary School in the Hillsborough City School District.  I have a strong passion for developing excellent academic and social-emotional programs for students with an equity lense. I believe that education is an agent for change in our society.   

My education includes a BA from Chapman University and two Masters Degrees from Stanford and UC Berkeley. Additionally, I 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 2020-21 school year a positive and successful year. 


Aleyda Barrera-Cruz