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Vista school board names new principal

VISTA — Five Vista schools will begin the 2013-14 school year with new administrators. 

At the Vista Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting last week, Superintendent Devin Vodicka announced the appointment of one new principal and four assistant principals to five schools in the district.

Vodicka said there were several principals who retired this year and a few who were promoted.

“It’s always hard to see valued leaders leave our organization,” Vodicka said, “but I’m very pleased with the caliber and capabilities of our new leaders.”

Carol LaBreche has been selected to serve as principal at Maryland Elementary School. She most recently served as assistant principal at Calavera Hills Elementary and middle schools in the Carlsbad Unified School District. LaBreche’s teaching experience includes elementary grades and middle school assignments in English and Social Studies. She has also been an ASB Advisor.

Bryanna Norton will be joining principal Steven James to serve as the new assistant principal at Vista High School. Norton was a history and AVID teacher as well as the athletic coordinator at Mission Vista High School. She has also served as a support teacher and WASC coordinator at the site level.

Andy Baker will join new principal, Anthony Barela, and fill the assistant principal position at Roosevelt Middle School. Baker comes from the San Marcos Unified School District, where he served as a teacher on Special Assignment at Twin Oaks High School. He has previously served as a BTSA support provider, math teacher and coach.

Anna Lozano will be joining new principal, Ben Gaines, at Rancho Minerva Middle School as an assistant principal. Lozano served as an English learners lead teacher, an intervention lead teacher, a math teacher and AVID teacher at the Palmdale School District.

Steve Post has accepted the position of assistant principal at Vista Magnet Middle School, joining principal Meg Jacobsen.

He has served as a WASC Coordinator and AVID Coordinator at both Mission Vista High School and at the Vista Academy for Performing Arts. He was also a chairperson for the science department, and taught biology, medical biology, physical science and art at the middle and high school levels.

“One of the things that impressed me were many of them were drawn to the district based on our vision, mission and values,” Vodicka said. “I believe they will be champions for our three values — respect, trust and collaboration.”

The new school year begins Aug. 19.