We are fortunate to have an excellent roster of new leaders as we begin our new year. Some are new to the District and others are BUSD colleagues in new roles:
Sumeyye Cardakli, Berkeley High Math Coordinator
Bonnie Christensen, Director of Nutrition Services
Bonnie grew up in New York City and began her professional culinary career at the age of 13. After attending Mount Holyoke College, Bonnie graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1986. From there she worked in NYC’s three and four star fine dining establishments until finally moving on to San Francisco in 1991. Bonnie worked in SF for a number of years before taking time off to raise her two children. Immersed in small children and families, Bonnie’s eyes were opened to how far our communities had strayed from the fresh foods and cooking she grew up with and the repercussions thereof. Children’s health and developmental issues emblazoned the headlines igniting her desire to do more with her culinary background. When it came time to return to work in 2007, Bonnie found an opening as a chef with the opportunity to help author the current BUSD program with a small group of dedicated and talented individuals. Today the accredited BUSD healthy nutritious fresh food program is a model for public school districts everywhere.
Pauline Follansbee, Assistant Superintendent, Business Services
Dr. Jan L. Hamilton, Executive Director of Special Education
Alicia Magallanes, Transitional Kindergarten Principal
Kamar O’Guinn, African American Success Project Manager
Fifteen years ago Kamar O’Guinn embarked on a mission to help create educational environments that empower students to determine their futures. Kamar says he is driven by a desire to bring about the systemic changes needed to help close the achievement gap for students of color. He believes that all students are capable of achieving, and has worked to intentionally align student supports with instructional priorities, and leverage community assets and human resources in support of student success.
Kamar joins BUSD after serving as a middle school assistant principal and comes inspired by the opportunity to help BUSD students build the intellectual, social, and emotional capital required to position themselves as global contributors. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Democracy, Arts and Cultural Studies, from California State University, East Bay in 2006.
Tammy Rose, Vice Principal, Berkeley High School
Jacqueline Parker, Principal, Thousand Oaks School
Heidi Weber, Principal, Alternative Programs
James Wogan, Manager of Student Services
Stacey Wyatt, Principal, Longfellow Middle School