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Meet Our Superintendent - Jennifer Frentress

Jennifer Frentress ImageI am honored and humbled to be appointed as your new Superintendent. San Carlos School District’s mission of educating the Whole Child towards success in the 21st century through innovative and engaging learning matches my passions in education. I believe student-centered teaching and learning focuses on well-being and personalized academics. During my transition - visiting schools, meeting leaders, teachers, school secretaries, parents, and all of the committed staff serving our students affirmed my belief that this community cares deeply about the children.  

I have been fortunate in my career to work with mentors and colleagues who invested in me as a teacher (11 years), school leader (6 years), district leader (6 years), and state and national reform advocate (6 years). The throughline in my experiences is a steadfast dedication to the children under my care, the teachers with whom I collaborated, mentors who shaped me, and communities I served.  Already added to this narrative are my experiences at SCSD Summer School and Retreats with the Board of Trustees.

The warm welcome I received made my transition easy. Union leaders, principals, community members, and both classified and certificated staff continue to invite me to meet - often for coffee or lunch. From them I hear  passion and deep affection for the programs, initiatives, and shared commitments to project-based learning and the 5-C’s. Even a pandemic and distance learning could not dampen this and I know I have found the right home for me as a member of Team San Carlos.

I look forward to Fall when we welcome our students back for the 2021-2022 school year. We all experienced the same pandemic, but what we learned, how we grew, and what we can share will differ. I believe in the power of community, especially in “The City of Good Living”, to provide the firm foundation upon which we can move forward together. I am filled with gratitude to serve your community. 

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Dr. Frentress became Superintendent of the San Carlos School District on July 1, 2021. Dr. Frentress was previously the Interim Chief Academic Officer at the Millbrae School District and the Associate Superintendent of Innovation and Research for the San Mateo County Office of Education. Dr. Frentress brings over 20 years of experience serving as a teacher, vice-principal, and administrator in TK-12 public school districts in Oregon and the District of Columbia. She spent 11 years in the classroom teaching English language arts and history. Combined with her educational experience, Dr. Frentress is a strong listener and communicator who will collaborate well with our talented team of educators, principals, and staff. Dr. Frentress’s passion, work ethic, and focus on putting children's needs first, makes her ready to continue the success of the San Carlos School District.