Superintendent Announces Recommendation For Encinal Principal

Nominee was colleague in Mountain View.

Maurice Ghysels, Menlo Park City School District Superintendent, announced Tuesday that Sharon Burns is his choice for the position of Principal.

Burns is the principal of in Mountain View, a school in the . was the superintendent of that district from 2005-2010.

"She an energetic educational leader with a great connection to children and parents, and a wonderful team player with teachers and staff," Ghysels said about Burns. "Sharon is also a strong leader who is committed to providing the professional development necessary to meet the needs of each and every student."

Ghysels said an outside search firm presented her to the district interview panel as a candidate for the position. One of the reasons he nominated her for the position is her love of learning, he said.  

Burns began her career as a teacher in Canada, moving on to teach in Egypt and Mountain View. She ascended the ranks in the educational administration, becoming Principal of Frank L. Huff Elementary in 2008. Burns also manages the training program for instructors of the gifted and talented program. Ghysels hopes that her experience will contribute to her success in the Menlo Park City School District. 

"Our search for an Encinal principal is done, but our work towards creating a community of engaged, lifelong learners at Encinal has only just begun," Ghysels said. 

Burns will be presented to the Menlo Park City School  on May 8. The Board must approve of her before she can begin employment. The person selected to be Encinal School's new principal would start August 2.

Menlo Park City School Distric's Board of Education will be meeting today from 6-10 p.m. in the board room of the district's headquarters, which are located at 181 Encinal Avenue in Atherton.  

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