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Dear colleagues and school community of Galileo Academy of Science and Technology,
I would like to first take this opportunity to thank the teachers, parents, students, wellness staff, representatives from Galileo’s community-based organizations, and paraprofessionals who served on the interview committees for the principal and assistant principal at Galileo.  Their dedication was clear as they committed countless hours to the interview process.  


Considering the recommendation of the school committee, Superintendent Matthews will recommend to the Board of Education that Ms. Tami Benau serve as the next principal of Galileo Academy and Ms. Marisol Arkin serve in the role of assistant principal.  Holly Rocha, another new assistant principal, was approved by our board on Aug. 1. These talented professionals, along with Ms. Ferrante, will serve as the school’s administrative team. You are in good hands! 
Ms. Benau previously served as assistant principal of Albany High School since 2005.  She also served on the WASC visiting committee for Galileo Academy in 2011 and 2014.  She has extensive experience and training on systems-thinking leadership and professional learning communities at work. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from San Francisco State University and her Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.  She received an administrative services credential from California State University, East Bay.  
Ms. Arkin served as an assistant principal for the past seven years in both Oakland Unified School District and Castro Valley Unified School District.  She was most recently assistant principal at Castro Valley High School.  She is trained in restorative practices, positive behavior interventions and support, response to intervention, and as a math coach.


Ms. Rocha served as an assistant principal at Roosevelt Middle School in San Francisco and at McKinley Institute of Technology 6-8 and Clifford School PK-8 in Redwood City. She has a background in developing effective professional learning, new teacher support and coaching, and common core implementation. 


Ms. Ferrante has been in San Francisco Unified School District for 18 years and has served as both an assistant principal and principal. She was most recently the assistant principal at Abraham Lincoln High School. Ms. Ferrante has extensive experience in student support services, family and community engagement, emergency preparedness, and curriculum and instruction. 

Please join me in welcoming them to the Galileo community: 


Ms. Tami Benau, Principal
Ms. Gina Ferrante, Assistant Principal
Ms. Holly Rocha, Assistant Principal
Ms. Marisol Arkin, Assistant Principal


Bill W. Sanderson
Assistant Superintendent of High Schools


July 17, 2017


Dear Colleagues and the school community of Galileo Academy of Science and Technology,


I hope you are enjoying your summer break. I am writing to inform you of some administrative shifts within SFUSD that will have an impact on Galileo Academy in the coming school year. Galileo’s principal, Dr. Michael Reimer, will be transitioning to another position in SFUSD. One of Galileo’s assistant principals, Mr. Mark Heringer, has accepted the position of principal at Thurgood Marshall High School.


I want to take this opportunity to personally thank both Dr. Reimer and Mr. Heringer for their commitment and dedication to the Galileo Academy of Science and Technology over the past two years and for their many years of service to SFUSD.  


Galileo has a new member of the administrative team who was selected a few months ago. In April, several members of the Galileo community were engaged in the process of selecting Ms. Gina Ferrante as assistant principal. Ms. Ferrante, along with Assistant Principal Janice Chen, are excited to work with Galileo in the coming year. In the next few weeks, we will post and interview for these new open positions of principal and assistant principal with a similar process that involves school and community partners.  Following a recommendation for these positions, the Board of Education must approve appointments. We hope to have a selection and obtain Board of Education approval as soon as possible.  


I acknowledge that transitions can be quite challenging, especially this close to the start of a new school year. We will work to roll out a seamless transition for the new principal and assistant principal. Ms. Margaret Chiu, retired SFUSD assistant superintendent and former principal of Galileo, has agreed to help support the school in its day-to-day operations during the transition period. Ms. Davina Goldwasser, Director of Principal Leadership and Support, will continue to work closely with the Galileo administration, staff, and community in the coming year.  We will communicate updates as we move forward in the process.  


I look forward to continuing to support the great work of Galileo students, staff and community members.


Bill W. Sanderson
Assistant Superintendent of High Schools


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