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Introducing Davidson's New Principal, Michael Stachon; Susan Akram Becomes District Administrator; and More!
Posted 4/13/21

Dear San Rafael City Schools Community,                        

I am pleased to share some updates about some new District and school leaders! 

Davidson Middle School Principal 
I’m thrilled to announce that the San Rafael City Schools Board of Education appointed Mr. Michael Stachon as the Principal of Davidson Middle School! During the extensive and rigorous selection process, Mr. Stachon rose to the top because of his passion and unwavering commitment to educational equity and excellence for all students and his belief that public education serves as a cornerstone of a healthy society. Furthermore, I am confident that he has the experience, instructional skills and personal qualities that will help enrich the Davidson school community and improve student achievement.

Here is a special video message from Mr. Stachon for the Davidson community as a way to help introduce himself; I know he greatly looks forward to connecting in person with the students, teachers, staff and families! Please stay tuned for information about a “meet and greet!” Also, I would like to share some of his own words about why he’s looking forward to this opportunity:

“With public education experience in communities from downtown San Jose to Mill Valley, I can’t wait to take all I have learned over the past 20 years to lead the Davidson Middle School community. Together we will make Davidson a fun and engaging place to learn, work and grow for all members of the San Rafael community as we prepare our students for high school and the world ahead.” 

- Michael Stachon, Incoming Davidson Middle School Principal

Mr. Stachon comes to SRCS with 22 years of experience as an educator, serving a variety of diverse communities. He began his career as a classroom teacher, first in San Jose Unified School District and then in Mill Valley School District. He’s held middle school assistant principal positions, and most recently, he was the principal at Roosevelt Middle School in San Francisco Unified School District for the past six years. Mr. Stachon holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Organization from the University of San Francisco and recently participated in Stanford University’s Principal Fellows Program. 

Along with his deep understanding of curriculum and instruction and all facets of school leadership, Mr. Stachon is known for leading with a grounded vision. He looks to the data to analyze what’s working for students and to uncover how to better close the opportunity gap and address the needs of the entire student community. At the same time, he is a skilled communicator and genuine collaborator who believes it’s critical to welcome, engage and support all members of the school community in building a positive culture and achieving excellence. Above all, he is a tireless advocate for students and desires nothing more than to help all children reach their full potential. 

Student Services Assistant Director 
I am excited to share that Susan Akram is moving to a District leadership position; she’s been appointed as the Assistant Director of Student Services for the 2021-22 school year. I have been very impressed with her skills in the area of student services as she has served as assistant principal and more recently as the interim principal at Davidson Middle School, and believe she’ll be an asset to the entire District in this new opportunity. 

Prior to SRCS, Ms. Akram was an assistant principal at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco for seven years and a high school teacher in Connecticut for 10 years. Throughout her career, she’s developed a remarkable attention to detail and work ethic - she leads projects from start to finish with grace and expertise. Furthermore, she is skilled at listening to multiple perspectives and has demonstrated the ability to calmly and competently navigate complex and difficult situations. I believe her deep empathy for students and commitment to doing whatever she can to ensure that their interests are met will guide her to success in this new role. Ms. Akram is well prepared and it is exciting to see another school leader grow within our District; many students, families, teachers and staff will benefit from her thoughtful and strategic approach. 

Other Administrative Openings
Lastly, we’re working hard to recruit and select top candidates for key leadership positions across the District.  The Bahia Vista Elementary School Principal and Madrone High School Principal positions both closed recently, and interviews are being scheduled in the near future. The Terra Linda Assistant Principal interviews are underway this week. We will keep you posted as the selection process unfolds!

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Stachon and Ms. Akram!


Jim Hogeboom