Board of Trustees Selects Michelle Harmeier as Superintendent


Seasoned instructional leader brings decades of experience

as a teacher, principal, district administrator, and community builder


SAN CARLOS, CA, April 5, 2018 – San Carlos School Board President Eirene Chen announced tonight that the Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Michelle Harmeier, currently serving as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the Anaheim Elementary School District, to serve as Superintendent, effective July 1.

The Board met earlier in a closed session to vote on the selection, and then approved the superintendent’s contract in the public board meeting that immediately followed the closed session. The decision tonight followed several earlier meetings where the Board considered a wide range of information, including feedback from staff meetings at each of the district’s eight schools, as well as meetings with community members, parent leaders, teachers and district office staff. In addition, the Board reviewed results of 164 surveys submitted by staff and more than 500 surveys submitted by parents and community members. The Board conducted an extensive search over three months that attracted a pool of extraordinarily talented candidates for the position, including 24 current and assistant superintendents.

Dr. Harmeier is an exceptionally well-rounded leader who has passion for our vision and the ability to take our schools to the next level in implementing our strategic plan. Besides her deep experience as an instructional leader, she brings significant operational experience, including collaborating with colleagues to solve tough problems,” said Board President Chen.

Prior to serving as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Anaheim Elementary School District, Dr. Harmeier served as Director of Human Resources for the San Mateo-Foster City School District. In addition to her most recent roles, Dr. Harmeier’s 25-year career in education includes six years as a classroom teacher, a middle school assistant principal, and 12 years as a site principal, with a balance of elementary and middle school leadership experience. Her wide array of experiences and accomplishments in these varied roles includes coaching and mentoring teachers and administrators, attracting and retaining highly-effective teachers and district staff, and raising student achievement for all learners. She is known for her ability to listen to all perspectives and collaborate, and for her strong support of colleagues.

“I am honored to bring my experience and excitement to the San Carlos School District, which is known as a progressive, innovative and high-achieving school district,” said Dr. Harmeier. “My educational and personal values are aligned with the District’s forward-thinking Strategic Plan that focuses on educating the whole child, preparing students for success in the 21st Century, and developing responsible citizens and leaders. I look forward to working with the district’s engaged School Board and highly-involved parent community!”

            “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Harmeier to San Carlos, and also want to thank our Interim Superintendent, Mary Jude Doerpinghaus, and our entire district leadership team and dedicated teachers and staff for their steadfast focus on our students,” said Board President Chen. “The professionalism exhibited by our high caliber staff is the reason that we were able to attract top-notch candidates.”

            The Board invites the San Carlos community to meet and welcome Dr. Harmeier at a reception in her honor to be held in the Heather School MUR on April 23rd at 7 pm.

“I am looking forward to working with the San Carlos School District to continue the good work already in progress, build relationships with district leaders, teachers and staff, and provide the necessary leadership as we move forward,” said Dr. Harmeier.

The San Carlos School District is a Preschool-8th grade school district serving about 3,500 students. The District provides an innovative and engaging learning experience that fosters the development of the whole child to ensure all students are well prepared for success in the 21st Century.   For more information, please visit the district website at


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