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Newark, CA 94560
510-818-4103

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Nancy Thomas is a Board Member at Newark Unified School District, and has served in this capacity since 2002. During her tenure, Ms. Thomas has held various leadership positions impacting the District. She has been on the Board of the Mission Valley ROP, and participated in the City/District Joint Task Force on Youth Issues. She has also been a member of the Alameda County Board Association.

Ms. Thomas is proud of contributing to the passage of Measure G, Newark Quality Education and Safe Classrooms, in 2011. Another notable accomplishment was her work as Co-Principal Investigator on a $7 million NSF Math Science Partnership Grant and Noyce Supplemental Grant in which Newark science teachers participated.

Making a difference in education is a driving force in her career and further demonstrated by Ms. Thomas’s work in the California State Boards Association (CSBA), where she is currently a Representative to CIF Federated Council. She is currently a CSBA Delegate Assembly Member for Region 7B Alameda County.

Ms. Thomas is actively involved in the Newark Rotary Club and Newark Optimist Club. Currently, she is a Board member of Kidango, as well as past Board Member of RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching) and BSCS (Biological Sciences Curriculum Study).

Ms. Thomas received her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. She retired from Hewlett Packard Company after 25 years of service.

Ms. Thomas is a proud parent and grandparent to three adult children and five grandchildren. She enjoys playing bridge, cycling, and gardening.

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President, Term Ends Dec 2018
Board of Education
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Francisco Preciado Jr. has lived in Newark for the majority of his life and is proud to serve his community as a Newark Unified School District Board Member since 2015. He is committed to addressing the achievement gap between the highest and lowest achieving students and ensuring educational opportunities for all students.

Mr. Preciado is known as a collaborator, a creative thinker, and leader in diversity and policy issues. He currently serves as the Executive Director for SEIU Local 2007 in the Bay Area where he dedicates his time to improve the lives of working people. Prior to this role, he worked for various state legislators and as a community organizer.

A product of Newark schools from kindergarten to 12th grade, Mr. Preciado earned degrees from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Juris Doctorate), San Jose State University (Master’s in Mexican American studies) and Stanford University (dual Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies).

Mr. Preciado is a proud father and husband. His wife and children are a constant reminder of why he is committed to making the world a better place.

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Clerk, Term Ends Dec 2020
Board of Education
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Janet Christianson Crocker has served as Board Member at Newark Unified School District for the past 13 years. Appointed to the board in August of 2003 to fill an open vacancy, Ms. Crocker was then elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Ms. Crocker brings a wealth of experience in teaching, having worked in various schools throughout the Bay Area – in the cities of Oakland, South San Francisco, Hayward and Newark. Her longest tenure was with the New Haven Unified School District, where she worked for over 21 years, retiring in 2001.

Her passion for public service and commitment to the Newark community is further exemplified by her active involvement as a member of Newark Rotary, Newark Optimist and Volunteers for Youth CAMP OVY.  She is currently on the Camp OVY Board.  Through these and many other efforts, Ms. Crocker devotes her time to community development and preparing youth for the future.

Ms. Crocker is deeply rooted in the Newark community, and proud to be a long-time resident since 1965. With her husband Thomas Crocker, she raised three sons (Richard, Donald, and Michael) who thrived at our Newark schools and graduated from NMHS.

She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in 1960. Following her passion for learning, she pursued and earned a Master’s degree in Education, from San Jose State University.

 

Board Member, Term Ends Dec 2020
Board of Education
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Ray J. Rodriguez has been serving the Newark community as a School Board Member of the Newark Unified School District since 1995. In his tenure, he has been President several times.

Throughout his career, Mr. Rodriguez has demonstrated a strong dedication and commitment to ensuring educational equity and quality of life in the community. Mr. Rodriguez has served in various City committees since 1990. He has been President of the Mission Valley ROP, and has chaired a County-wide Hispanic Scholarship Program. Mr. Rodriguez has also been part of the League of Volunteer (LOV) Newark’s Advisory Board and many of its programs.

Mr. Rodriguez’s role in education coupled with his entrepreneurial background, as a Business owner in Newark since 1984, have promoted and strengthened local public-private partnerships. As an example, he collaborated in the founding of Avanzando, Newark. Avanzando encourages excellence through mentoring, art, tutoring, parent education and recognizing those who participate in the empowerment of the Latino community.

Ray J. Rodriguez has always been motivated in serving his community, and he is well known for being a problem-solver and reaching out for families in need.  He has served as a Deacon in a local church.

Mr. Rodriguez moved to California from New York City in 1973.  Three years later, he moved to Newark because he wanted to raise a family in a safe and nurturing environment. He has seven children and five grandchildren. Eight have graduated from Newark schools, two have college degrees, and five are presently attending college.

Mr. Rodriguez is a Vietnam Veteran, serving our country as a U.S. Marine Corps sergeant.

 

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Board Member, Term Ends Dec 2020
Board of Education
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Tom N. Huynh is a passionate and innovative leader with a proven track record of 17 years in education. Currently, he is a Board Member and President of the Newark Unified School District. Mr. Huynh is also the Principal at Yerba Buena High School at East Side Union High School District.

Mr. Huynh is described as a highly organized, collaborative leader and change agent committed to increasing achievement and opportunities for all students. At Yerba Buena High School, Mr. Huynh has implemented professional learning communities (PLC), and fostered an environment of high expectations for all students. This and other investments have led to increasing student enrollment for each of the past five years, improvements in overall grade point average, increased graduation rates each year, a two-fold increase in the number of students completing A-G requirements, and a three-fold increase in Advanced Placement (AP) course participation of unique students.

Tom N. Huynh is deeply engaged in the community, and participates in various advisory groups and committees. He contributes his expertise to instructional programming, school reform, LCAP, STEM, budget, and audit. Mr. Huynh has also been a member of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Taskforce in the City of San Jose and Franklin McKinley’s Safe Zone Initiative.

Mr. Huynh has been recognized for his leadership and transformational efforts. In 2015, he was Principal of the Year in ACSA Region 8 in Santa Clara County, and received a commendation from the City of San Jose. He has also received a Board President Award from East Side Union School District.

Prior to his current appointment at NUSD, Tom N. Huynh was a coach, teacher, coordinator, and intern for Assistant Principal at Newark Memorial High School.

Mr. Huynh graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science. He is also credentialed in Clear Administrative Services and Clear Single Subject.

Board Member, Term Ends Dec 2018
Board of Education
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Pat Sánchez was selected as Superintendent at Newark Unified School District in 2016, bringing with him over 20 years of comprehensive administrative experience and a proven track record of transforming four inner city schools and one inner city school district through collaborative leadership and community engagement.

Superintendent Sánchez is committed to enabling a “student-serving” culture, and building strong parent-community ties. He views shared leadership and collaboration as essential elements to empowerment and excellence for all children.

Superintendent Sánchez strives to make a difference in the lives of people, and his hard work has been widely recognized at the highest levels. Most recently, he was named Latino Superintendent of the Year by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) in 2015. Former President Obama recognized him as a Champion of Change – which included an invitation to the White House to share ideas and insights. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan applauded Superintendent Sánchez with national recognition for his collaborative work, and encouraged replication of his model of supporting parental involvement and engendering community support across the country.

Prior to coming to the Newark Unified School District, Superintendent Sánchez served as Superintendent of Adams County School District for four years, Colorado’s 26th largest school district serving more than 7,500 students annually. There, nearly 90 percent of students qualified for free and reduced lunch, about 87 percent of the students were children of color, and approximately 55 percent of the students were English-language learners. In this role, Superintendent Sánchez implemented numerous reforms to transform this historically low-performing district. Through addressing racial educational disparities, providing access to culturally-responsive learning environments, and implementing powerful instructional strategies to facilitate seamless English-language acquisition he spearheaded meaningful changes to create an environment of high expectations for students and staff.

Throughout his career, Superintendent Sánchez has demonstrated a deep commitment to working with traditionally marginalized students in inner city schools. His extensive educational background includes time spent as a central office administrator in Human Resources, principal of three high schools, principal of one middle school and other key leadership roles. He also served as a Career and Technical Education Teacher, State Director of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America and Assistant State Director for Trades and Industry for the Colorado Community College system. Superintendent Sánchez also worked in Central America for the American School of Guatemala as a secondary principal and transportation director.

Of personal significance, Superintendent Sánchez’s rich background speaks to his deep rooted understanding of the value of higher education. Originally from San Luis, Colorado, he is the youngest of seven children and the first person in his family to graduate from high school, college, and to receive a graduate degree. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in secondary industrial science and a general education license from Colorado State University. He obtained a vocational instructor license in trades and industry. Superintendent Sánchez completed his Master of Arts in administration, supervision and curriculum development at the University of Colorado at Denver, and went on to obtain his professional principal license.

In his free time, Superintendent Sánchez enjoys spending time with his two children, hunting, fishing and hiking.

 

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Superintendent of Schools
Executive Cabinet
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Since 2017, Leticia Salinas has served as Associate Superintendent for Educational Services in Newark Unified School District. She brings over two decades of experience as a teacher, lecturer, principal, supervisor of K-12 schools, human resources leader, and English Language Learner program expert.

As Associate Superintendent for Educational Services, Ms. Salinas oversees Special Education, Pupil Services, Technology, East Bay Induction Consortium, curriculum and instruction, assessment, textbooks, school supervision, enrollment, student placement, parent engagement, and behavioral/mental health services. In her role, she supports the integration of standards, standards-based curriculum, research-based instruction, professional development and accountability. She is also responsible for auxiliary services including research, categorical compliance, special projects, and the District English Learner Program Advisory Committee (DELAC).

Prior to joining NUSD, Ms. Salinas served as Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources in Hayward Unified School District and as Assistant Superintendent, Elementary LEAD with San Francisco Unified School District.

Ms. Salinas holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in English, with a minor in Spanish literature from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to several teaching credentials, she also earned a Masters of Arts degree in English from California State University, Hayward. As a leader in her field, Ms. Salinas has completed executive programs at Stanford University and Harvard University.

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Associate Superintendent of Educational Services
Educational Services
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Responsible for the overall operation of the Human Resources Department; affirmative action and sexual harassment officer; uniform complaint officer; contract management; grievances; collective bargaining; employee discipline; new employee recruitment and selection; new teacher training; Peer Assistance and Review; Student Teacher program

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
Executive Cabinet
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Since 2014, Bryan Richards has served as Chief Business Official for the Newark Unified School District, bringing over 30 years of experience in spearheading business and financial services in school districts and public agencies throughout the country.

His current responsibilities include overseeing all business services for the district, management of the district’s Budget & Fiscal Services, Internal Audit, Purchasing, Warehousing, Reprographics, Child Nutrition, Facilities, Maintenance, Operations, Transportation and Risk Management functions.

Prior to joining the District, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, overseeing all financial services, management of District investments and debt issuance, development of the District’s budget, and management of fiscal compliance for Federal and State categorical programs.

Mr. Richards holds an Associate in Arts degrees in Business Administration and Accounting with highest honors from Chabot College. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Cum Laude, in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He also completed a Chief Business Officials postgraduate certificate program from the University of California, Riverside Extension.

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Chief Business Official
Business Services
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Charlene Aquino provides executive administrative support to the Superintendent and Board of Education. She is responsible for District-wide communications including management of the district website and supports the Superintendent in maintaining good public relations. Ms. Aquino handles formal complaints, public records requests, maintains board policies and the Guide for Parents and Students. She manages all coordination of Board of Education agendas and minutes and maintains cloud-based board management service which houses Government Agendas, Minutes, and Board Policies.

Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education
Executive Cabinet
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The Administrative Assistant supports the Associate Superintendent of Educational Services and other leadership, organizes events, monitors budgets, processes contracts, supports district leadership meetings, prepares Board items, manages calendars, and coordinates purchases for Educational Services.

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Administrative Assistant
Educational Services
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Oversees and coordinates all generalized Human Resource Office functions; serves as Director’s primary assistant; prepares Board recommendations; coordinates all certificated and management interviews; manages applicant files

Administrative Assistant
Human Resources
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Administrative support to the Chief Business Official; contracts/agreements; facility use permits; developer fees; risk management; insurance; archives

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Administrative Assistant
Business Services
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Elementary Director of Teaching and Learning
Educational Services
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Responsible for oversight of all district Special Education programming and services, pre-school through high school; coordination of Section 504; ensure due process for Special Education and Section 504 Programs.

Director of Special Education
Special Education
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Secretary to the Director; budgets; non-public school contracts; administrative support.

Administrative Assistant
Special Education
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Jessica Saavedra coordinates English Language Learner programs; intervention and prevention services; Program Improvement; LCFF, FPM, and federal, and special projects. Plans and manages programs and services that support school and district improvement including: professional development for administrators and teachers, school assistance and intervention, and school support. Provides technical assistance for identified schools to support school district improvement efforts.

Director of Special Projects
Educational Services
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Responsible for all aspects of information technology for the district; planning, implementation, support and maintenance of computer systems, data networks, software, business system, student information system, library system, e-mail system and Internet access.

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Directory of Information Technology
Educational Services
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Leonor manages and directs East Bay Induction Consortium (EBIC), which support teachers in public, private and charter schools. EBIC provides two teacher induction programs that provide a pathway for teachers to clear their preliminary teaching credentials and earn a professional clear credential. EBIC develops, coordinates and conducts professional development events integrating adult learning structures and philosophy. EBIC provides coaching and technical assistance for site administrators and district personnel on the induction process, the implementation of the California Standards for the Teaching Profession and the Standards of Quality and Effectiveness for Professional Teacher Induction Programs. Newark Unified School District is the Lead Educational Agency of EBIC.

Director of East Bay Induction Consortium
East Bay Induction Consortium
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Bill Whitton administers various student and family programs, including the School Attendance Review board (SARB), suspensions and expulsions, foster youth and homeless programs, enrollment, school safety, home teaching, and student health. He also supports district programs and services for students and families such as dental programs, emotional and mental health programs, parent partners, and attendance support initiatives.

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Coordinator of Pupil Services
Educational Services
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Oversees business services department; budget; purchasing; payroll; bank reconciliation; accounts payable; journal and cash transfers

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Director of Fiscal Services
Business Services
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Responsible for oversight of District’s maintenance, opertions and transportation; utilities; safety program; security; storm water management; A.H.E.R.A compliance; hazardous material management.

Director of MOT
Maintenance, Operations and Transportation
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Childcare Coordinator
Child Care
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Oversees payroll and position control

Budget & Position Manager
Business Services
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Print Shop Supervisor
Graphic Arts
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Offset Press Operator
Graphic Arts
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Respond to questions and requests for emergency and non-emergency issues; dispatch personnel; purchase supplies and coordinate contracted services; track budgets; work order billing; state reports (pesticides, fuel, UST, etc.)  ID badges; district cell phones, assist HV/AC field technician with Alerton program.

Administrative Secretary
Maintenance, Operations and Transportation
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Respond to questions and requests for emergency and non-emergency issues; dispatch personnel; responsible for district transportation; scheduling, billing, contracted bus trips; track M.O.T. attendance; including site custodial attendance and sub-custodial issues; work orders; contracted services; pesticide notifications and assist HVAC field technician with Alerton/Syserco systems control program.

Staff Secretary II
Maintenance, Operations and Transportation
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Responsible for student program placement, procedures/questions for IEP’s, and home instruction students.

Program Specialist
Special Education
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Oversees office functions relating to classified employees: personnel tracking; fingerprinting and tuberculin testing; salary placement, advancement and professional growth; classification / reclassification; evaluation cycles; new employee processing; personnel files; workers compensation administration; coordinates all classified interviews

Classified HR Manager
Human Resources
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Oversees office functions relating to certificated employees: personnel tracking; fingerprinting and tuberculin testing; salary placement, advancement and professional growth; evaluation cycles; credential monitoring and renewal; new employee processing; personnel files; CBEDS/CSIS Coordinator; coaches

Certificated HR Technician
Human Resources
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Pupil attendance accounting; benefits accounting; retiree benefits; general accounting functions

District Accountant
Business Services
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Deposits; donations; cash receipts; utilities accounting; purchasing requisition review/approval

Account Technician (Accounts Receivable)
Business Services
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Administrative Secretary
Child Care
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Pays vendor warrants; check requests; reimbursements; petty cash

Account Technician (Accounts Payable)
Business Services
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Julie supports the Director of East Bay Induction Consortium (EBIC). She is responsible for communication and the records systems of EBIC. She maintains the database, schedules and coordinates professional development activities, and creates and maintains a variety of reports, records and program files related to the accreditation system of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Julie is also responsible for managing the fiscal records of the Consortium.

Administrative Secretary
East Bay Induction Consortium
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Miranda Dinsmore is committed to supporting parents and students, all school sites, and Educational Services. She provides technical support for state mandated and district assessment programs including CA Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) including Smarter Balanced, CAA, CAST, CA English Language Development Test (CELDT), and Physical Fitness Testing (PFT). She maintains the Online Assessment and Reporting System (OARS), and supports i-Ready and the ELA and Math district benchmarks assessments. Additionally, she supports the preparation and maintenance of a variety of data reports, records, presentations, and files related to state and federal assessments and accountability.

Assessment Technician
Educational Services
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Special Education transportation, record requests, SEIS System, information, and administrative support.

Administrative Secretary
Special Education
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District Nurse

District Nurse
Special Education
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Coordinates placement of certificated and classified substitute employees; tracks employee attendance, including leaves and absences; manages Subfinder system

Substitute Placement Clerk
Human Resources
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Front desk, reception and support to the Human Resources Department

Staff Secretary I
Human Resources
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The Student Development Technician reports to and supports the Student Development and Pupil Services Coordinator, as well as provides support for Categorical Compliance. This includes the School Attendance Review Board (SARB), suspensions and expulsions, foster youth and homeless programs, enrollment, school safety, home teaching, and student health, as well as district programs and services for students and families.

Student Development Technician
Educational Services
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Account Technician
Child Care
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Student Information Systems; CALPADS reporting

Software Support Specialist
Business Services
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Payroll for employee last names starting with L – Z

Payroll Technician
Business Services
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Payroll for employee last names starting with A – K

Payroll Technician
Business Services
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