Educational Services

Educational Services Commitment

If we…

 focus on the four C’s (collaboration, critical thinking, communication, creativity),

 ensure engaging, rigorous instruction,

 build capacity of our teachers and leaders,

 hold each other accountable,

 and recognize we are all learners together,


 our students will be high-achieving, responsible global citizens who possess the critical thinking skills needed to successfully navigate the 21st century world.

Educational Services is committed to continuous improvement!

Reach out to us at [email protected] to let us know how we can improve!

Educational Services Updates

2018-19 Winter Update
Noticias Invernales 2018-19

2018-19 Fall Update
Noticias de otoño 2018-19

Educational Services Staff

Nicole Pierce

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services

With a decade each of academic and administrative experience in some of the most challenging contexts, Ms. Pierce has focused on developing a shared vision around equity and excellence, raising rigor and academic achievement, building strong teams and networks in service of distributed leadership, and above all, modeling the hard work, critical thinking, and deep compassion required of a career in service of all students. Ms. Pierce graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Human Biology. She continued her studies at Stanford University, earning her Teaching Credential and Master’s Degree in Education. She earned an additional Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership from Reach Institute of School Leadership and is scheduled to earn her Doctorate of Education in 2023.

Monique Castellon

Administrative Assistant

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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Ariel Dolowich

Director of Teaching and Learning

Ariel Dolowich has taught on both the east and west coasts and is excited to bring his passion for teaching and learning to Newark. For the past 12 years in the Bay Area, he has served as a site instructional coach and an administrator at both the middle and high school levels. Mr. Dolowich also coaches new principals through ACOE's leadership development program and places an emphasis on fostering school culture through collaborative partnerships. As Director of Teaching and Learning, Mr. Dolowich supports principals and schools with an authentic cycle of inquiry model focused on student achievement. Mr. Dolowich provides professional development for teachers and school leaders, oversees the analysis and reporting of state and local programs, coordinates the adoption and implementation of new curriculum, works collaboratively with district committees on report cards and curriculum and assessment matters, updates School Accountability Report Cards (SARC's), and supports the development of School Plans for Student Achievement (SPSA's). Mr. Dolowich holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of California, Davis and Masters of Arts Degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Isabel Cervantes-Falk

Director of Special Projects

Paul Rose

Network Manager

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.

Ana Leon

Coordinator of Pupil Services

The Coordinator of Pupil Services 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. They 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.

Miranda Dinsmore

Assessment Technician

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, English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), and Physical Fitness Testing (PFT). She manages and provides support for the Data and Assessment reporting system (Illuminate DnA), and i-Ready, for our 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.

Nicole Lemas

Student Development Technician

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.