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



Principal - University Park Elementary


It is our pleasure to announce Nadene Dermody as the University Park Elementary School Principal.  Mrs. Dermody was born and raised in a rural farming community in the Midwest and attended local public schools.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Arts in Education degree from Chapman University College.  She has taught in private and public settings in various capacities that include grades K-12 for twenty-five years.   Most recently, she served five years as Superintendent/Principal of Lagunita Elementary School District.  She is passionate about public education and enjoy using her educational experiences to provide leadership and direction to all invested members in the school community. 



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. By the end of thesummer she will be earn 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.