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Newport-Mesa Unified School District Announces a Staff Addition, Promotions, and Reassignments

Newport-Mesa Unified School District LogoNewport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) announces staff promotions and reassignments, and the addition of Ms. Sara Coley as the coordinator of student services.

Ms. Sarah Coley, Coordinator, Student Services

Ms. Coley has more than eight years of experience in education and will serve as the district’s coordinator of student services. She began her tenure with Huntington Beach Union High School District (HBUHSD) as a classroom teacher where she focused on math interventions and supports. Most recently, Ms. Coley served as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA).

As TOSA one of Ms. Coley’s most prominent roles was a restorative practices trainer for staff districtwide. She has presented on restorative practices at the National Multi-Tiered Support Services Professional Learning Institute. She also served as the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) coordinator, among other roles.

Ms. Coley obtained her Masters of Arts in Educational Administration, a dual Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing; Business Economics, with a minor in Speech Communication, and Administrative Services Credential from the California State University of Long Beach.

Dr. Megan Brown, Director, Certificated Personnel

With more than 20 years’ experience in public education, Dr. Megan Brown will serve as the director of certificated personnel. She will be responsible for certificated employee recruitment, staffing, professional development, and facilitating appropriate resolution to complaints through the district’s complaint policies and procedures.

During her 14 years with NMUSD, she has served as an elementary school teacher, adult education teacher, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), where her focus was on early childhood family literacy, and most recently served as the principal of Pomona Elementary.

Dr. Brown gained invaluable experience for her new role as a member of the district’s certificated negotiations team the past three years. She has also helped implement districtwide programs such as multi-tiered systems of support, professional development, and instructional coaching.

Dr. Brown received her Doctoral Degree in Education Leadership at California State University, Fullerton, her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Masters in Multicultural Education from National University, and her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mr. Gabriel Del Real, Coordinator, Curriculum and Instruction

With 20 years’ experience in education, Mr. Gabriel Del Real will serve as the new coordinator of curriculum and instruction. He most recently served as the principal of Adams Elementary. As the instructional leader at Adams Elementary he developed and implemented a vision for intentional instructional strategies. He managed resources to support priorities and evaluated effectiveness of instructional and social-emotional programs to make purposeful decisions for continuous improvement. Prior to serving as principal, Mr. Del Real was an elementary teacher at multiple NMUSD sites and a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), responsible for coordinating staff development opportunities and the design of technology lessons that supplement core curriculum.

Mr. Del Real received his Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Studies and his Master of Science in Reading Instruction from California State University, Fullerton, as well as his Education Administrative Services Credential from the University of Irvine.

Mrs. Stacy de Boom-Howard, recently served as NMUSD principal on special assignment, will serve as the principal of Adams Elementary.

Mrs. Stacy de Boom-Howard, Adams Elementary School Principal

Mrs. Stacy de Boom-Howard, who has been with NMUSD for nearly 20 years, will serve as the principal of Adams Elementary. Mrs. de Boom-Howard most recently served as Principal on Special Assignment (POSA) where she provided support for elementary sites in the implementation of new instructional materials, coordinated professional development, supported the Gifted and Talented Education Program, and oversaw the specialists serving the elementary schools in the area of music, physical education, and science. She also was responsible for the summer engineering and music program.

Prior to her role as POSA, Mrs. de Boom-Howard served as principal of Paularino Elementary, where she implemented tiered intervention curriculum through the development of professional learning communities. She built a caring, collaborative culture among staff, students, parents, and school connected organizations.

Mrs. de Boom-Howard received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Chico State University, her Master of Arts in Cross Cultural Curriculum Instruction and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from National University, as well as her Administrative Services Credential from the University of California Irvine.

Ms. Carrie Gammel, Principal, Pomona Elementary School

Previously serving as principal of Lincoln Elementary for the past five years, Ms. Carrie Gammel will now serve as the principal of Pomona Elementary.

Under her leadership, Lincoln Elementary achieved academic success by earning the California Distinguished School Award, Gold Ribbon Award, and Exemplary Arts Award. She also was instrumental in integrating a school curriculum to support the social and emotional well-being of students. Through parental support of programs, Lincoln Elementary was awarded state recognition for its signature practices in technology and parent involvement.

Prior to joining NMUSD, Ms. Gammel served as a principal in Del Mar Union School District. Her work in education includes being a classroom teacher, GATE coordinator, assistant principal and Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Coach. To support this work, Ms. Gammel completed a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administrative Services Credential from California State University, Fullerton.

All staff appointments are scheduled for Board of Education approval at the August 28, 2018 Board of Education meeting.

Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District Published:8/8/18
Audience: Adams Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School and Homepage