High school district hires new associate superintendent

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees was expected to approve the appointment of Laura Stefanski as associate superintendent of human relations at its regular meeting Monday, past the Town Crier’s press deadline.

Current Associate Superintendent Steve Hope announced his retirement, effective at the end of this school year, after 36 years as a teacher, administrator and associate superintendent.

Stefanski has been an educator for 30 years, 23 in the district in adult education and nine at Milpitas Unified and Fremont Union high school districts.

She began her career in education in Milpitas teaching English to Vietnamese refugees entering the electronics industry. She said her experience teaching English was humbling and rewarding and became a major catalyst for pursuing education as a career. In the Fremont district, she coordinated adult English as a Second Language, basic skills programs and large government grants.

At the MVLA Adult School, Stefanski taught GED test preparation, then moved to program coordination. Over the years, she has coordinated older adults, community interest and basic skills programs. She served as adult school summer school principal for five years until named assistant director and ultimately director of adult education.

Stefanski has held numerous positions in educational organizations, including all Bay Section officer levels for the California Council for Adult Education, the Bay Area Adult Administrators Association and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), where she currently is adult education council representative for Region 8 and a member of the strategic planning committee. She has also served on numerous Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation visiting teams.

In community leadership, Stefanski has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Community Services Agency and the Mountain View Downtown Revitalization Committee.

ACSA Adult Education named Stefanski its Outstanding Administrator for Region 8 in 2008; San Francisco State University recognized her as Graduate Student of the Year, Education Department; and she received the Santa Clara County Literacy Award.

“I am deeply honored to be nominated for this position,” Stefanski said. “I am following my mentor, Steve Hope, into a position that requires me to learn, listen, act and reflect. My goal is to meet the high standards of the district while maintaining a positive and nurturing work environment.”

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