Experienced Administrator Brings Deep Understanding of District,

a Team-Oriented Management Style,

and a Passion for District’s “Whole Child” Approach to Learning  

On September 12, San Carlos School Board President Nicole Bergeron announced that the Board of Trustees has selected Assistant Superintendent Mary Jude Doerpinghaus to serve as Interim Superintendent, pending final approval of her contract at the September 14 board meeting.

“We are so pleased that we were able to tap into our talented pool of leaders in the district and appoint an internal candidate who will keep us moving forward with fulfilling the goals expressed in our Strategic Plan,” said Board President Nicole Bergeron. “Mary Jude’s passion for the students in our district is unsurpassed, and she will be able to help us continue to provide the innovative and engaged learning experience that is the basis of our emphasis on the whole child. Mary Jude understands and supports the philosophy embraced by our district that learning extends beyond reading, writing and math to include skills that help students succeed beyond school, such creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication and citizenship.”

Bergeron added that the board sought the input of district leaders and principals before deciding to appoint an internal candidate as Interim Superintendent.

“Our staff expressed the desire for a leader who understood our district’s goals and initiatives, and would be able to maintain the momentum we have built over the last few years,” said Bergeron. “Mary Jude is already a key leader on our strong team of collaborators, and she will provide continuity in the mission of fulfilling our community’s vision for its schools.”

Doerpinghaus has served as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for SCSD since 2013, and earlier served as Director of Student and Educational Services, Director of Special Education Services and Coordinator of Special Education Services for SCSD. She joined the district in 2008. Prior to joining SCSD, she shared a principal position and served as a speech-language pathologist in the Palo Alto Unified School District. She spent the early years of her career working as a speech-language pathologist in Texas and Ohio. Read a Q&A with Ms. Doerpinghaus.

“I am honored that the board is entrusting me with the leadership of the district during this time of transition,” said Doerpinghaus. “I am enthusiastic about the vision set by our board, and I love seeing the joy and wonder on our students’ faces as they learn and discover in our classrooms. I am eager to get started and work with our outstanding team!”

The Board of Trustees will begin the search for a permanent superintendent after new board members are sworn in during December. Voters will choose three board members in November. A permanent superintendent is expected to be in place by the start of the 2018-19 school year.

“The transition in leadership offers an opportunity for the community to get engaged and provide input on the future direction of the district,” said Bergeron, who is not pursuing re-election to the board. “I encourage the community to follow district news, attend school board meetings and stay involved during this time of change in our district. The voice of our community, which supports our schools so strongly, is critical as we choose a leader for the next era of our schools.”

Interim Superintendent
Mary Jude Doerpinghaus
(650) 508-7333, ext 935

Executive Assistant to Superintendent and Communications Specialist
Christina Carrier
(650) 508-7333, ext. 935