Springer School searches for new principal


The Los Altos School District is searching for a new Springer School principal after the previous one resigned in June.

After one year at Springer, Robin Robinson resigned at the end of the last school year to return to her prior district, Director of Student and Staff Services Erin Green confirmed.

Before taking the top job at Springer in 2018, Robinson was the principal at West Valley Elementary School in the Cupertino Union School District.

According to the Cupertino district’s website, Robinson is now the principal at Dilworth Elementary School. She did not return an email requesting comment.

While the Los Altos School District conducts a search for Robinson’s replacement, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Sandra McGonagle is serving as interim principal.

“The kids are amazing. The staff is awesome. The parents have been really great,” Mc- Gonagle said. “It’s been fun; it feeds my soul.”

McGonagle was principal at Santa Rita School and Blach Intermediate School before being promoted to her current job in 2015.

This also isn’t McGonagle’s first time as a temporary principal. She and Green jointly led Oak Avenue School a few years back while the principal was on maternity leave.

“She has proven experience, she has a breadth of knowledge and her energy level is incredible,” Green said of McGonagle. “We are so lucky that she has kicked off (the year at) Springer. They’ve had a wonderful start, and it’s really evident by the energy over at Springer.”

In addition to serving as principal at Springer, McGonagle is continuing to lead the district’s curriculum and instruction team. She has been working at Springer during the school day and her team from the district office has been coming to the school for some meetings.

Although McGonagle said she is enjoying getting to work as a principal again, balancing the two roles has required long hours.

“I’m here as long as they need me to be here, but I will be thrilled when we find a permanent, perfect fit for Springer,” McGonagle said.

The district is using a rolling interview process to find a permanent principal, and Green said there have already been strong applicants. The district’s desire is to have the new principal start this school year, Green added.

“We are definitely searching and we are committed to finding a fantastic leader,” she said.

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