The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Carmen Gomez as assistant principal of Mountain View High School, effective July 1.
Gomez will replace Mike Mathiesen, recently appointed chief business officer for the district.
Gomez began her career with MVLA 25 years ago when, as a recent Stanford University graduate, she conducted research on the networks of successful students of color. Her research revealed that one caring adult showing interest in the life of a student could make a significant difference in his or her achievement. Subsequently hired as an English as a Second Language teacher, she said she has seen this principle work repeatedly as MVLA works to close the achievement gap.
She has served as social science teacher, new teacher coordinator/Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment coach and Advancement Via Individual Determination district director during her time with MVLA. She was program adviser for the Intrepid Foundation and named Teacher of the Year in 1996. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in curriculum and teacher education from Stanford University.
In addition to working one-on-one with teachers, she has extensive experience in planning and facilitating professional development for large groups. Her classroom served as a lab for teachers learning to implement effective group work for the Contemporary World History Project.
One of Gomez’s colleagues described her as “persistent, demanding and, most of all, kind. These qualities allow her to build trusting relationships that encourage excellence. The staff trusts her because of her commitment to student success and understanding of the challenges teachers face.”
Another colleagues deemed Gomez a “visionary thinker” with “exceptional” organizational and time-management skills.
“I am honored and excited to accept this new responsibility as an assistant principal of Mountain View High School,” Gomez said. “I look forward to joining the administrative team and the talented group of staff members as we support our students in their journey.”
Principal Dave Grissom said the Mountain View High community is “extremely excited” that Gomez will be joining the administrative team.
“She brings a wealth of talents and skills to Mountain View High School and the students, staff and community are fortunate to have her here,” he said.