Brittan Acres, Mariposa and White Oaks Principal Appointments

We are pleased to announce that the SCSD Board appointed three principals at the board meeting last night.  

First, we want to thank the many volunteers who served on several panels of teachers, parents, classified staff and administrators to conduct interviews over the past two months. Our administrative team skillfully facilitated a thorough interview process and led thoughtful discussions about the strengths and qualities of the candidates. Selected finalists were moved forward to the District Cabinet team for consideration.  Each appointee was carefully considered and each brings with them varied experiences that will contribute greatly to the success of their schools and to our newly formed leadership team. We congratulate all three principal appointees and know you will join us in giving them all a warm welcome to the San Carlos School District community! 

Catherine Waslif, Brittan Acres Elementary School

Catherine began her career teaching middle school at St. Matthew’s Catholic School in San Mateo then spent the following 23 years in Milpitas Unified School District. She taught 4th – 6th grades and middle school English. She also taught English as a second language. She served as an Assistant Principal at Spangler Elementary and Sinnott Elementary Schools. While serving as the Principal of William Burnett Elementary School, Burnett received both the California Distinguished School award and the Title I Academic Achievement Award. After five years at Burnett, Catherine served as the Director of Educational Services where she implemented district-wide categorical programs including the English Language Development program. For the last four years Catherine has been Spangler Elementary Principal.

Meet and Greet: Jessica Blumen, current Brittan Acres Principal will introduce Catherine to the parents, students and staff at Brittan Acres on Wednesday, June 13th at 8:30am in the Brittan Acres MUR.


Alex Friel, Mariposa Upper Elementary School

Alex has been an administrator for eight years in both Campbell and San Mateo Foster City School Districts.  She served as an elementary principal and assistant principal for six years and is currently the Coordinator of English Language Development. She began her teaching career 17 years ago as a 5th -7th grade teacher in Campbell Union School District then taught 3rd and 5th grade in Palo Alto and San Francisco Unified where she developed her experience with Reader’s and Writer’s workshop. Alex has also been trained through the Children’s Health Council to support the whole-child learning philosophy and identifying students’ emotional and academic strengths and needs through brain-based research. Her diverse background has provided her the opportunity to implement and support differentiated learning in classrooms to address students’ individual needs. 

Meet and Greet:  Principals John Triska, Pam Jasso and Ray Dawley will introduce Alex to the Heather, Arundel and Mariposa communities of parents, students and staff. This morning, Alex will tour the Mariposa classrooms and new Mariposa campus spaces for 2018-2019. Next week Alex will visit Heather and Arundel students and parents moving into 4th grade and the 5th grade students moving onto the TL/Mariposa campus next year. Alex will be working closing with Dr. Harmeier this summer to transition the 5th grade program into the new Mariposa spaces on the Tierra Linda campus and will begin meeting with the Heather and Arundel communities in the fall to share the timeline and plans for opening of the Mariposa Upper Elementary School in August 2019. Meet and Greet for Heather will be held on Monday, June 11th at 8:45-9:15am. Meet and Greet for Arundel will be held on Monday, June 11th from 2:15-2:45 in the Arundel MUR.

Leah Scholer, White Oaks Elementary School

Leah comes to the San Carlos School District with over 10 years leadership and educational experience. For the past three years she has been serving as the Response to Intervention/Instruction Specialist and serves as the Administrator Designee at McKinley Elementary School in Burlingame School District. Previously, she taught 2nd and 3rd grade for eight years in Burlingame. She has a broad range of experience leading and supporting teachers in instructional design and implementation, with a focus on second language learners and learning disabilities. Leah has experience with Reader’s Writer’s Workshop, Project Based Learning and integration of technology into the instructional program. She most recently launched the McKinley Creativity Lab and has worked in collaboration with San Mateo County Office of Education to integrate innovative learning experiences across all grade levels.

Meet and Greet: Allison Liner, current White Oaks Principal and Interim Assistant Superintendent will introduce Leah to the White Oaks community on Monday, June 11th at 8:30am at the White Oaks MUR.  

Once again, thank you to our panel members for assisting in selecting strong, caring, experienced leaders who will continue the strong leadership in our exceptional schools of the San Carlos Schools District!