KING CITY – There are changes in store for the upcoming school year for South Monterey County Joint Union School District, and the first came with Lisa Mazza being named as Greenfield High’s new principal.
“I am excited to get to know the students,” said Mazza. “I have already met a bunch of our new teachers and the professional development of the teachers is impressive. I am looking forward to having a relationships with the staff, student and teachers.”
This summer, the school district has experienced many changes coming from leadership. Bruce Corbett has gone from being King City High School Principal to co-principal with Mazza of Greenfield High School. Corbett will be Administrator of student support services, alternative education and athletics for both cities. Mazza will have the final say on all decisions in Greenfield and her responsibilities will include curriculum, assessment and instruction.
Mazza, along with Corbett, are focused on guiding the school out of program improvement.
“ I see the school moving,” said Mazza. “I hope to take the school momentum and move it in the right direction.”
Mazza has the skills to help move the school out of program improvement. Mazza started her educational career teaching in 1994 in San Diego in bilingual elementary.
Mazza said, “I was completely enjoying teaching and thought I would be able to affect more students in other classrooms as an administrator." After some encouragement from her husband, Robert, she decided to get her masters in educational administration.
As an administrator, Mazza has been the vice principal in Richmond, and a vice principal in Folsom Cordova Unified School District. At the latter, she helped the middle school in program improvement.
After a brief move to Southern California, Mazza decided she missed the ambiance and environment like the one she grew up in upstate New York and decided to interview for the open post in Greenfield.
“During the interview, there was a large panel of students, parents and a good amount of employees,” said Mazza. “It felt good to be there with all those people. I was happy they choose to accept me.”
With the long-term goal of helping the school climb out of program improvement, Mazza would like to improve test scores to get there.
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