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Bullis Charter selects new superintendent

Maureen Israel will take over as superintendent of Bullis Charter School, starting in the 2020-2021 school year.

The charter school’s board of directors approved Israel’s contract 9-0 at a March 9 meeting.

Israel currently serves as school director at YES Prep Public Schools, a charter school system serving sixth- through 12th-graders in Houston. She earned a master’s degree in international education policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Brian Köhn currently serves as interim superintendent of Bullis Charter School. He took over for Wanny Hersey, the school’s founding superintendent, last summer.

Homestead’s mock trial team heads to state finals


Courtesy of Susan Wilson
Homestead High’s Mock Trial team won the Santa Clara County competition.

Homestead High School’s team won the Santa Clara County High School Mock Trial tournament, beating 21 other teams to qualify for the 39th annual California Mock Trial Finals in Los Angeles, scheduled Friday through Sunday.

The win is a first for Homestead High’s Mock Trial team, marking the first time the team has advanced beyond the quarterfinals.

The winning team included Hasith Basnayake, Roma Bedekar, Abigail Berwick, Sadia Fathima, Clarissa Gao, Priya Hariharan, Mayuri Hebbar, Macy Li, Haritha Muthukumar, Brevin Reed, Katherine Rizkalla, Ji Yong Shim, Emily Tumacder, Sahil Venkatesan and Catherine Zhang.

The team is coached by Pedro Naveiras, Ron Kharmach and Jaideep Venkatesan. Team adviser for the past eight years is English teacher Susan Wilson.

For next year, the team is seeking a new attorney coach, law school student, college student or anyone with mock trial experience. Prospective coaches can email Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Homestead principal Greg Giglio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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