Mariposa Upper Elementary Principal Appointed


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! 


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.

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!