Bishop and Ellis School Leadership Assignments for 2012-2013

Columbia Middle School Assistant Principal Rehema Allen and Ellis Elementary Principal Pepper Butler have each resigned from their position with Sunnyvale School District. The district is grateful for their service and wishes them well in their future endeavors.

To fill these vacancies for the 2012-13 school year, Eric Panosian will be transferring to the Principal position at Ellis Elementary School. Mr. Panosian has successfully served as Bishop Elementary Principal for the past seven years. Prior to that assignment he served as Assistant Principal at Bishop and Interim Principal at Fairwood Elementary School. He has been with Sunnyvale School District since 2001.

Suzanne Cicala has been appointed Interim Principal of Bishop Elementary School. Ms. Cicala has served for the past six years as a Teacher on Special Assignment and has served as Summer School Principal at Bishop School in 2011. Prior to her Teacher on Special Assignment status, Ms. Cicala taught at Cherry Chase Elementary School for ten years. She has been with Sunnyvale School District since 1996.

Christina Ballantyne will be joining Columbia Middle School serving as Assistant Principal. Mrs. Ballantyne has served for five years as a BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment) Mentor and most recently as a Teacher on Special Assignment. She has also served as Summer School Principal at both elementary and middle schools. Mrs. Ballantyne has been with Sunnyvale School District since 2001.

Sunnyvale School District has developed the leadership capacity within our district to transfer and promote outstanding staff members to fill critical school site leadership roles. The District Office will help support these transitions and hopes to make these changes as seamless as possible.

Contributor: Benjamin H. Picard, Ed. D., Superintendent of Schools

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