Ravenswood hires new superintendent

Sacramento-area administrator Gloria Hernandez replaces Maria De La Vega July 1

An administrator from a Sacramento-area school district will become the new superintendent of East Palo Alto's Ravenswood City School District on July 1.

Gloria Hernandez, assistant superintendent in the Twin Rivers Unified School District, will replace retiring Ravenswood Superintendent Maria De La Vega.

Ravenswood trustees approved a contract with Hernandez Thursday night.

Hernandez has worked in Twin Rivers – a K-12 district in which about 80 percent of student are considered low-income and 37 percent are English learners -- since July 2008. In addition to district leadership roles, she has worked as a teacher and as a principal.

She holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from California State University at Sacramento.

Ravenswood is a pre-K-8 district serving about 4,000 mostly low-income and English-learning students in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park.

When they reach high school, students from Ravenswood are bused to various campuses in the Sequoia Union High School District including Menlo Atherton High School, Woodside High School and Carlmont High School.

Chris Kenrick


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Posted by Gethin
a resident of Midtown
on May 28, 2013 at 11:32 am

It would be useful to know why she was chosen. What specific accomplishments does she have to qualify her for this post and what makes them believe she has the verifiable skills to fix a mess?

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Posted by Paul Thiebaut III
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 28, 2013 at 12:19 pm

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Posted by Candy
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 28, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Thanks to our school board for taking on this task and finding the best candidate for our schools! Good-bye to Superintendent Maria De La Vega. Thank you for your leadership.

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Posted by Me, too
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 28, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Now, why can't PAUSD do the same thing? Our district is in DIRE need of a new superi tendent!

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Posted by Pity_They_Didnt_Take
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 28, 2013 at 9:44 pm

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Posted by Bryan
a resident of another community
on Jun 9, 2013 at 11:27 am

She is one of the worst administrators I have ever encountered! I feel very sorry for your school district. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] She has been useless at Twin Rivers and i am sure she will bring her horrible tactics to Ravenswood.

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