Joe Fimiani joined the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District as the new director of Special Education last month.
Prior to MVLA, Fimiani worked at the Santa Clara County Office of Education for 35 years as interim superintendent, assistant superintendent, director, principal and special-education high school teacher. Fimiani’s background focused on special education as both a teacher and administrator.
Last year, the district named Fimiani one of its MVLA Friends of Education award winners for his service and dedication to district students. He received the Glory Award as the top administrator at the county office, the Quality Innovation Award and the Region 8 Association of California School Administrators Award as the top Pupil Personnel Preschool Services Administrator of the Year.
Originally from New Jersey, Fimiani earned his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University. He said he acclimatized easily to the Bay Area, becoming an avid 49ers fan, cyclist and regularly attending the symphony.
“Joe will bring his expertise as well as his long-standing dedication to students throughout Santa Clara County to the planning, development, coordination and management of our Special Education and district psychological services,” Superintendent Barry Groves said. “We feel fortunate to have found a local candidate with his stellar qualifications and look forward to welcoming him to the district and working closely with him to achieve our mutual goals.”
Groves said the interview committee of staff, parents and students was unanimous in recommending Fimiani for the position.