Appreciation for those who run the engines
Roseville, CA – We have been faced with many changes in our lives over the past year – changes that none of us saw coming. With every change and update to school reopening guidelines, the first question that comes to mind is, “How can we move forward and how can we better serve students? The teachers and staff at RJUHSD have been our rock; a team of educators, nurses and support staff that we can count on time and time again. As the changes came, RJUHSD stayed strong together, navigating the changes one day at a time and I couldn’t be more grateful for all they have done.
That’s why this year’s Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week means more to me than ever. During the first week of May, we encourage you to join us in thanking a district staff member, nurse or teacher for their contribution to keeping the engines running smoothly. Thank you for all you do, teachers, nurses and RJUHSD staff!
Earlier this year, RJUHSD committed to better understanding our approach to equity, access and transformation to reimagine a better world for all. Since 2015, RJUHSD has worked to overcome enormous challenges with respect to systemic racism and institutional bias, a journey that has required the voice and input of our community members. We concluded a three-part forum series in April that addressed issues of equity and access right here in our community. The first step in any journey of change is to better understand where our gaps lie. Thank you to the students, staff, and parents who joined in, lent their voices to the discussion, and helped us chart a clearer path to the next steps in our journey.
Newly appointed superintendent
Finally, I would like to extend my congratulations to John Becker, new superintendent of the RJUHSD who will succeed me after I retire at the end of this school year. Mr. Becker has been part of the RJUHSD family since 2007 and has been teaching for 26 years. He is currently the executive director of student engagement and a member of the executive committee of the California Interscholastic Federation, which oversees all high school sports in California. Prior to working in the district office, he was the founding principal of Antelope High School for 11 years and implemented the region’s first comprehensive offering of the Lead the Way project, leading to national recognition. As my career in public education draws to a close, I am confident that RJUHSD is left in the very capable hands of Mr. Becker. I wish him and the district all the best.