A Palo Alto middle school administrator has been named district-wide "coordinator of academic success," with responsibility for the English Language Development Program and the Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program.
Judy Argumedo, a teacher and administrator at JLS Middle School since 2007, will replace Danae Reynolds, who recently was named principal of Escondido Elementary School.
Argumedo has served as a principal and assistant principal in Palo Alto's summer school and has worked with beginning teachers through Stanford University's online preparation program. Before coming to Palo Alto, she taught in Sunnyvale for three years and in Los Angeles for 10 years.
Argumedo holds a bachelor's degree in Native-American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's degree in education from Santa Clara University.
"Mrs. Argumedo has been an enormously successful teacher in our district and has broad experience with issues related to English language learners, our Voluntary Transfer Program and teacher support," Superintendent Kevin Skelly said.
"We look forward to having her wisdom at the district level."
Palo Alto's English Language Development (ELD) Program offers specially designed academic instruction in English for student acquiring English. The program is offered at every elementary school and, for older students, at JLS Middle School and Gunn High School.
The Voluntary Transfer Program, often called "Tinsley" after the name of the 1986 court settlement that created it, brings minority students from East Palo Alto's Ravenswood City School District to Palo Alto and several other districts in San Mateo County.
Each year, 60 students from Ravenswood are assigned to kindergarten, first or second grade in Palo Alto and may continue through the system. Under the court settlement, new students are not permitted to enroll beyond the second grade.
Currently, there are about 560 Tinsley students, from kindergarten through grade 12, enrolled in Palo Alto schools, according to the school district.