Board of Trustees appointed Director of Student Services

Last night at the regularly scheduled Board meeting, the Board of Trustees appointed  Brenda Bachechi as the Director of Student Services beginning July 1, 2019.  
 
Brenda Bachechi has provided educational services to students and families in the Bay Area for the past 20 years. She is currently serving as the Assistant Principal at Menlo-Atherton High School.  She has taught students with mild to severe disabilities, provided itinerant and consultant services, and has been a district and site leader.  Brenda has experience working in the San Mateo County Office of Education, private as well as public settings, state government, and most recently with partner districts in the South County.
 
Since coming to the Bay Area, Brenda has held the position of Autism Specialist at the San Mateo County Office of Education and facilitated the authorship of the County’s Blue Ribbon Report on Autism in 2007, she wrote the grant proposal for the County’s Birth to 3 year Program, and co-authored the County’s Induction Program for new special education teachers in 2011. She led the implementation of Portola Valley School District Inclusion Program, working closely with their parent advisory committee.  In 2014, she transitioned to Sequoia Union High School District where she was the Special Education Coordinator in the district office for two years before becoming an Assistant Principal at Menlo-Atherton High School. Brenda has been part of five Kent Award winning programs.
 
At Sequoia Union High School District, Brenda supervised the initial implementation of the STARs program, which serves students with emotional support needs, she also restructured TRACE, the districts Kent Award winning program for adults from 18 to 22 years of age.  At Menlo-Atherton, a high school of 2500 diverse students, Brenda manages the multi-tiered levels of support, SSTs and 504 meetings, special education services, after school support programs, mental health services, and counseling programs.  During her time at Menlo-Atherton, Brenda has worked with the San Mateo County’s Safe Routes to School Program to develop a school club and encourage a culture of car-less commuting.  The Menlo-Atherton Bike Shed Program was recognized on the front page of the Menlo Park Almanac 4/17 edition.
 
We are planning meet and greet times where Brenda can be introduced to our parent community and staff members before the end of this school year.  Brenda will begin working with our San Carlos team beginning in July.
 
Please join me in welcoming her to the San Carlos School District!