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SRCS Board Appoints Cecilia Pérez as the District’s EL Director
Posted 3/9/21

Dear San Rafael City Schools Community,

I am pleased to announce that the San Rafael City Schools Board of Education appointed Ms. Cecilia Pérez as the District’s new English Learner Director at their meeting last evening. Ms. Pérez currently serves as the principal at Bahia Vista Elementary School, where she’s been the school leader for nearly seven years. This transition comes at a time when the District is embarking on implementing the recently-approved comprehensive Equity Blueprint Plan, and the EL Director position will play a pivotal role in moving key actions and top priorities forward to directly support our English learners. 

Because Ms. Pérez is such an outstanding, extremely qualified candidate who meets or exceeds all of the position requirements, I made the rare recommendation, which the Board approved, that she be appointed to the role rather than conducting the full, traditional search and interview process. This also allows SRCS to immediately begin the search for the Bahia Vista principal position, putting us in a better place to find a top candidate, who would take the reins as the school leader at the start of the 2021-22 school year.  

Ms. Pérez has a unique combination of skills, talents and experience that make her an excellent fit for this role. She began her teaching career at Bahia Vista, where she taught for 16 years before becoming the literacy coach at Venetia Valley School in 2013. She then returned to Bahia Vista as principal in 2014. Her strong knowledge and understanding of how to implement effective instructional strategies and systems will support our EL students as they progress towards English proficiency. She is a compassionate and inspiring leader who works collaboratively with students, teachers, classified staff and principals to ensure that everyone does their part to make sure our EL students are successful. Furthermore, her strong understanding of how our current District systems and programs work and her existing relationships throughout our SRCS community are invaluable assets that will allow her to “hit the ground running” immediately. 

I would like to share some of her own words about why she’s looking forward to this new opportunity:

“I am excited and humbled to help lead this work in service of our SRCS students. My experiences working in a community school such as Bahia Vista, along with my collaboration with colleagues from across the District and county who are committed to equitable practices, high-quality instruction and strong family and community engagement, are what drew me to this position.

The Equity Blueprint cannot be fully realized in isolation. In order to fulfill our promise to students, it is imperative that we create systems and structures at the District level that foster trust and relationships. We need to be inclusive, draw on everyone's strengths and diverse backgrounds and be willing to question current practices that may not be student-centered. Together, I wholeheartedly believe that we have the potential to better shape the academic trajectory of our English learner students.”          —  Cecilia Pérez

Ms. Pérez will officially become the EL Director on July 1, 2021 and is committed to working closely with the new Bahia Vista principal when hired so there is a smooth transition. We are confident that Ms. Pérez is the ideal leader for this new role. Please join me in congratulating her! 


Jim Hogeboom