Four faces: Introducing the 50th anniversary administration team

Principal Brad Craycroft

What are your responsibilities as the principal? Everything. I am in charge of whatever needs to be done with regards to students’ safety, making sure things are running smoothly and ensuring that classroom activities are effective.

How did you know you wanted a career in education? I started thinking about being a teacher when I was a Resident Advisor at UC Davis in my third year. I was an English major, and I started working with students coming into the dorms, organizing activities, helping them through things they were struggling with and advising them in academics. All those things are really close to what a teacher does on a daily basis. I decided to go into teaching.

Is there anything you would want students at this school to know about you? Whenever people go to my office, I always try to joke and make small talk. We want to make sure you know that we are here to support you and that we are here because we like you. We want to make school an enjoyable place.

What is a general message you want students at this school to know? It is really important to take advantage of as many opportunities as you can while building lasting relationships with others here at the school. We want the school to be a place where you are involved in things you love.

 

Assistant Principal of Discipline Mary Ann Dougherty

Where were you working before coming to this school and what was your administrative role there? I was an Assistant Principal in the Central Valley south of Fresno. I taught there for about 12 years and now I am at this school.

How did you know you wanted a career in education? I was inspired by the fact that I had a lot of adult role models growing up. I was involved in a lot of school activities and had a lot of teachers and coaches who really cared about me as a person, so I realized I wanted to be able to do that for students as an adult.

Is there anything you would want students at this school to know about you? I value the individual and his or her dignity regardless of successes and failures. I want students to know that they have a place to come and talk if they have any problems. Most students think that the Assistant Principal of Discipline’s office is for those who get in trouble, but I am always there to talk about any issues. It is really important for students to know that my office can be a safe place for them.

What is a general message you want students at the school to know? If students put out their best effort and do not get the result they want, they should know that that is not a big failure. I would hate for students to have less self-esteem because they tried their best and did not succeed.

 

Assistant Principal of Instruction Peter Park

How did you know you wanted a career in education? I was actually inspired in high school during Career Day. When I thought about it, I realized that I love working with young people so I decided that going into education would be a viable option.

Is there anything you would want students at this school to know about you? What some people do not really register is that we are really just regular people when we are not at school. I really enjoy speaking with students, so I want them to feel free to talk to me, even if it is just greeting me in the morning.

What is a general message you want students at the school to know? I tell incoming freshmen that the school has so many opportunities for students to excel in, so that they do not feel like they have to take advanced placement courses. The school gives students so many ways to be a well-rounded student, such as Speech and Debate, Journalism and Sports.

How was your job as Assistant Principal of Discipline different from your job as Assistant Principal of Instruction? The ultimate goal of both jobs is students’ education. Discipline is about teaching right from wrong and learning from mistakes, which is an essential part of growing up. This year, I will focus more on evolving the school’s departments and improving the quality of education for the students.

 

Assistant Principal of Guidance Alanna Callaway

How did you know you wanted a career in education? I first got the idea while working as a writing tutor in my first few years of college. The job involved teaching struggling students in small groups, which inspired me to become a teacher and go into the field of education.

What is a general message you have for students? Nobody is perfect all the time; students should be open to learn from their mistakes or struggles. I have been really impressed with the students’ extracurricular activities here at the school, so it is essential that students have rich lives outside of the classroom doing things that they care about.

What is something you like seeing in students when you talk to them or help them? I like to see confidence. I also like to see resilience, because when students can bounce back from adversities I know that they are learning important skills that will be beneficial to them in the future.

Can you elaborate on your role as Assistant Principal of Guidance? I oversee the academic counseling staff and am responsible for testing on campus like the SAT and PSAT. I am also in charge of special education and facilitating family meetings with students who need extra care and support.