Two interim vice principals have been chosen to fill vacant positions for the coming 2015-16 school year at Pleasanton Middle School.
Former Hearst Elementary School teacher Mike O'Brien joins as a full-time interim vice principal, and district literacy coach Suzanne Smith joins as a part-time interim vice principal.
Both positions are funded for one year with the hope they'll be extended or added permanently, Pleasanton Middle School principal Aileen Parsons said.
O'Brien will replace former vice principal Jill Butler, who started as the interim principal at Harvest Park Middle School July 1. Butler replaced Ken Rocha, who has been named the district's director of education for the district's middle and high schools.
Smith will fill a newly created position at PMS and she will split her time between that school and serving the district at large, Parsons said.
O'Brien has been with Pleasanton Unified School District since 1998. He taught at Donlon Elementary School and most recently taught fourth grade at Hearst Elementary.
Since Pleasanton Middle often receives students from Hearst Elementary, Parsons said she's heard parents give O'Brien glowing reviews.
"I've heard great things of him for years," she said.
Smith started with the district in 1995, worked in Colorado for a few years and returned in 2007. She's worked as a literacy coach for students from sixth to 12th grade and taught at Hart Middle School as an English teacher and an Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) instructor.
AVID is a college readiness program. The program is used in all of the district's middle schools.
Parsons said Smith uses a variety of strategies to keep students interested in the day's lesson.
"I think she's phenomenal," she said.
O'Brien will be paid using money from the district's general fund, and Smith will be paid through a separate fund received for mental health programs.
Determinations about who will fill the O'Brien's vice principal slot permanently will be made over the course of the coming school year.