Salinas City Elementary School District are pleased to announce our Administration appointments for the 2017-18 academic school year.



Vice-Principal - Loma Vista Elementary


It is our pleasure to announce Natalia Macias as the Loma Vista Elementary School Vice Principal.  Natalia Macias is a UCLA graduate and has over 20 years of experience as an educator both at the elementary and middle school level. Most of her experience has been working with English Language Learners.  She has experience working at a turnaround school and has been part of two California Distinguished school teams.  Ms. Macias has current experience working as a Vice Principal.  During her free time, Natalia likes cooking healthy concoctions, swimming at the gym, and reading a great book.



Vice-Principal - Roosevelt Elementary


It is our pleasure to announce Gigi Chiboucas as the Roosevelt Elementary School Vice Principal.  Gigi Chiboucas grew up in Long Beach, California. She worked in the private sector and owned her own company until she decided that she wanted to follow her passion to become a teacher. Ms. Chiboucas has been in education for seventeen years, at both the primary and secondary levels. She has been in various leadership roles both at the site and district levels, most recently an English Learner Specialist at North Monterey County Unified School District and an Assistant Principal in Greenfield. Ms. Chiboucas went to UC Irvine right out of high school. She is the daughter of a Greek Immigrant who came through Ellis Island to go to college in America. Ms. Chiboucas has a love for Literature and her personal pass times are running, cooking, immersing herself in other cultures, and getting outdoors as much as possible. 



Vice-Principal - Boronda Meadows Elementary


It is our pleasure to announce Claudia Chaidez as the Boronda Meadows Elementary School Vice Principal.  Ms. Claudia Chaidez served as a kindergarten and fourth grade teacher at the Dual Language Academy of the Monterey Peninsula the last 5 years. During her time working for Monterey Peninsula Unified School District she took on many leadership roles.  Claudia served as the PBIS coordinator, sat on the Site Governance Council, served on the PTA Executive Board Committee, and wrote a Parent University Grant to increase parent engagement through education.Claudia earned her BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Human Development and teaching credential from California State University, Sacramento; and an MA in Educational Administration from San Jose State University.  She also received the 2017 Dr. William D. Bar Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership and outstanding commitment to public school education. Claudia is a proud product of the Salinas City Elementary School District and is looking forward to serving her community.  She hopes to make positive impact in student’s academic achievements and to provide multiple opportunities for student’s success.



Vice-Principal - Sherwood Elementary


It is our pleasure to announce Erika Tumminelli as the Sherwood Elementary School Vice Principal.  Mrs Tumminelli grew up in Folsom, California and attended Chico State University where she earned her Bachelors of Arts, Liberal Studies degree, and teaching credential. In 2009, she moved to Salinas with her husband to pursue a career in education. She worked several years at Natividad Elementary School with the most experience in grades 2nd through 4th. In 2014, she stepped into a new role, Teacher on Special Assignment: New Teacher and Intervention Support. In this time, she has worked with a variety of teachers throughout the district providing System 44 teachers with assistance as well as supporting new teachers. She is passionate about collaboration, instructional practices, and students in Salinas. She earned her Masters in Education Leadership and Administrative Credential through Cal Poly. Over the past 8 years, Salinas has become her home and she is very excited and eager to start this new chapter as a vice principal for SCESD.



Principal - Natividad Elementary


It is our pleasure to announce Jose Fausto as the Natividad Elementary School Principal.  Mr. Fausto was born and raised in raised in Jalisco, Mexico.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University, Monterey Bay and a Master of Arts in Education degree from Chapman University College. Mr. Fausto has a broad range of experience as a teacher and an administrator.  He served as a bilingual classroom teacher, Migrant Resource teacher, English Language Development coach, ESL teacher, and Driver Education instructor.  When he obtained his Administrator’s credential, he became an After School Coordinator, Summer School Principal in Elementary and High School.  Subsequently he served as a Dean of Students, Assistant Principal in Middle School and High School, Elementary School Principal and District Parent and Community Coordinator.  He is excited to become a member of the Salinas City Elementary School District administration and work towards making a difference in the lives of our students.


Principal - Los Padres Elementary


It is our pleasure to announce Claudia Morales as the Los Padres Elementary School Principal.  Mrs. Morales, wife, mother, daughter, and educational advocate was born in El Centro and raised in Calexico, CA to migrant farm working parents.  Because of her parents’ relentless encouragement to seek an education, she chose to attend college and seek a career. Mrs. Morales remembers seeing a flyer promoting travel and helping migrant students in a classroom. The flyer was for the California Mini Corp program. Little did she know that this would be the start of a great teaching career.

Mrs. Morales attended Imperial Valley College then, attended San Diego State University I.V. Campus. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and the BCLAD, Spanish emphasis. She received her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from San Jose State University. Mrs. Morales has been in education for 22 years. She taught and served as a teacher/teacher on special assignment for 18 years in grades K-4.  Most recently, she served 2 years as a Vice Principal at Loma Vista School and 2 years as a Program Manager for English Learners. Mrs. Morales has been in our district for 18 year and is very passionate about bilingual education.  She understands and values the linguistic asset that our English Learners posses and knows the value of being literate in multiple languages.

Mrs. Morales is excited to begin her new position as Principal of Los Padres Elementary School and is looking forward to work with staff, parents, and students. She is committed to do her personal best in the years to come.

On her personal time, she enjoys traveling, visiting and spending time with family and friends, and is an avid reader. 



Principal - Roosevelt Elementary


It is our pleasure to announce Hilda Huerta as the Roosevelt Elementary School Principal. Hilda has been an educator for over 20 years.  Hilda earned her B.A., teaching credential, and Administrative Credential/M.A. in Educational Leadership from San Jose State University.  She started her career in San Jose Unified School District as Dual Immersion teacher at River Glen Elementary School.  Then she and her family returned to Salinas where she grew up to work with her community.  When she was hired by SCESD, Hilda was extremely excited about the opportunity to teach at Los Padres School where she had attended school as a child. At Los Padres School she served as a Dual Immersion teacher, vice principal, and principal.  Then spent six years as the principal at Los Padres. For the last four years, Hilda has worked in the Educational Service Department at the district office as an administrator for School Improvement and Parental Involvement. 

Hilda brings with her a depth of district and school administrative leadership skills. Among those is an abundance of experience working with English language learners, exceptional skills working with parents, and knowledge of implementing Language Arts & ELD Curriculum.  Additionally, she demonstrates excellent skills in working with all educational stakeholders. Hilda has amassed valuable professional training expertise in the areas of literacy, language acquisition, PLC, coordinating Title I, and categorical programs for eligible schools.  She has also supervised, implemented, and evaluated instructional programs, and assisted the district and schools with the development and implementation of program improvement activities including planning and necessary preparation for all State and Federal reviews.  Hilda has a wealth of knowledge and experience in decision-making, site-management, public relations, intervention programs, district and state testing, planning in-service training, establishing schedules and procedures, and supervision of staff.  Hilda is well versed in meeting the needs of underperforming and underserved populations through the process of the LEA Plan, LCAP, SPSA, Title I, and ELL requirements.  She understands the challenges and needs of English Language Learners and the necessity of providing instructional programs, strategies, and resources to foster student achievement.

Having grown up in Salinas, Hilda understands the community very well and can relate to both the students and parents.  Over the years she has shown to be personable, humble, and friendly, attributes that have contributed to her being able to make connections with her school and work community.  She is a person of integrity and outstanding work ethic.



Special Education Program Specialist - District Office


It is our pleasure to announce Alicia Granberg as the Special Education Program Specialist.  Ms. Granberg was born and raised in Salinas. She attended Mission Park, Washington Middles School and is a Salinas High School Graduate.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree Liberal Studies with a minor in Special Education from California State University, Chico and pursuing Master of Arts in Education degree and Administrator Credential from National University.  Ms. Granberg has experience in teaching in an Autism Program, as a Resource Specialist, as a Special Day Class Teacher for Communication and Social Skills, and as a Full Inclusion Education Specialist.  She began her teaching career in Southern California, after some time decided to return home to be with family. She has spent the last six years as a special education teacher in Salinas City Elementary School District.  She looks forward to this embarking in this new chapter in her career and serving the needs of our students!



Administrator of School Climate and Culture - District Office


It is our pleasure to welcome Rafael Zavala as the Administrator of School Climate and Culture.  Rafael grew up in the Salinas Valley, so he is very happy to be home again!  After completing his BA at Santa Clara University, Rafael returned home to become a teacher, working primarily with the new and burgeoning dual immersion program in Soledad.  He moved on to complete a MA in history at Saint Louis University.  Having lived on the West Coast and in the Midwest, Rafael decided to move to the East Coast.  In Boston, Rafael worked as an elementary teacher in dual immersion programs, a teacher leader with the Massachusetts State Literacy Partnership, a District Math Curriculum Lead and Evaluation Leader, and as a Master Teacher.

Wishing to expand his leadership capacity, Rafael completed a Master’s in Education at Harvard University with an emphasis in School Leadership.  His internship at a Boston K-8 school focused primarily on reform efforts including PBIS, UDL, and Home/School Partnerships.  At his most recent position as an assistant principal at MPUSD, Rafael was the administrative lead for Tier I PBIS, the school Safety Committee and the site LEA for SPED.  He also served on the District Task Force for the ALICE program and worked extensively with Restorative Justice Partners.

Rafael is ecstatic to be at SCESD where he will lead the Office of School Climate and Culture to eliminate educational gaps, and prepare all students for college and/or career.



Interim Principal - University Park Elementary


It is our pleasure to introduce Anna Padilla as the Interim Principal of University Park Elementary School. Mrs. Padilla joined the University Park Staff for the 2015-2016 school year as Vice Principal. Anna was also Vice Principal for both Lincoln Elementary School and Monterey Park Elementary School in previous years. Mrs. Padilla earned her undergraduate degree at Sonoma State University from the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies. She received her Masters of Education and Teaching Credential from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Mrs. Padilla enjoyed teaching for many years in Pescadero, California. Her time in Salinas coincided with her return to the Monterey Peninsula with the intention of raising her twins where she grew up. Mrs. Padilla is a proud UP Panther and is excited to continue working with the students, families and staff at University Park in this new capacity. 



Vice-Principal - University Park Elementary


It is our pleasure to announce Erin Laird as the University Park Elementary School Vice Principal. Erin grew up in Hayward, California. She earned both her BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Human Development, and her teaching credential at CSUMB. Erin went on to earn her MA in Educational Leadership and her Administrative Credential from San Jose State University. Erin served as a classroom teacher at Natividad School for seven years and as an Academic Coach at University Park and Mission Park Schools for two years. Most recently, she has worked as a Teacher on Special Assignment: New Teacher Support and as our district Induction Program Advisor. Throughout her career with SCESD, Erin has embraced a diverse range of site and district leadership roles. She looks forward to serving, supporting, and positively impacting the Salinas City Elementary School District community in her new role at University Park.