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SSD welcomes New Administrators to CMS and San Miguel

The 2020-2021 school year brings many familiar SSD faces into new administrator roles!

Many were highlighted in a story in our June 2020 issue here:

Since then, we’ve also welcomed Mr. Daniel Poo as the new principal of Columbia Middle School and Ms. Nicole Fiala as the new Assistant Principal of San Miguel Elementary.

Daniel Poo stands in front of a muralDaniel emerged as the top candidate from an exceptionally strong field of over twenty applicants and will begin his assignment with the new school year. He replaces Mary Beth Allmann who will move to the District Office as Director of Human Resources next year. 

Daniel has served as the Assistant Principal at Columbia Middle School for the past eight years and is a strong candidate who will provide stability and leadership for the staff, students, and community as we move into next year and beyond. Prior to coming to Sunnyvale, he served in a number of administrative roles, including Dean of Students/Interim Principal for Leadership Public Schools, as well as Director of Student Service and Counselor of Discipline at MACSA Academia.

Throughout the interview process, panelists were very impressed with Daniel’s honesty, leadership vision, and his belief in equity and addressing the needs of all students. Thanks to all those who participated in the Thoughtexchange input process and to those who served on the interview panels.

Congratulations Daniel on your well-deserved appointment!



Vicky Tarumoto poses with Captain HookWe are also pleased to announce the selection of Victoria Tarumoto and Jamie Bradley as the new Assistant Principals for Columbia Middle School and Nicole Fiala as the Assistant Principal for San Miguel Elementary School for the upcoming school year.

Victoria joins the Sunnyvale School District from the San Jose Unified School District where she served as the Assistant Principal of Muwekma Ohlone Middle School for two years. She began her career in education in 2005 as a social studies teacher and has since served in a number of school site leadership roles, including Dean of Students, Guidance Counselor, and Vice Principal. Victoria is an experienced administrator who excels at connecting with students to help them realize their potential and achieve their individual goals. Victoria replaces Daniel Poo who was promoted to principal of Columbia Middle School.





Jamie Bradley poses in Columbia gear


Jamie comes to the Sunnyvale School District from the Fremont Union High School District where he served as the Lead Resource Specialist at Fremont Union High School District for the past two years. Jamie started his career in education as a para-educator and has also taught Special Education for four years. Jamie’s greatest strengths are a knowledge of special education strategies, analysis of student data, and communication. In addition, Jamie brings knowledge of the feeder high school for the students at CMS. Jamie replaces Esteban Ybarra who accepted a position as Principal at San Miguel Elementary School.





Nicole Fiala


Nicole first came to the District in 2003 as an elementary school teacher at Bishop Elementary School. She taught at Bishop and San Miguel for 13 years until she moved to the District Office where she served as an Instruction Coach in the Educational Services Department and most recently as an Induction Mentor supporting new teachers. Among Nicole’s strengths are the ability to support new and veteran teachers, delivering professional development, and a familiarity with the San Miguel School community. Nicole fills a vacancy created when Esteban Ybarra accepted the position of Principal of San Miguel Elementary School.

Congratulations to Nicole and congratulations/welcome to Victoria and Jamie!

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