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Leadership Position Changes

We are pleased to announce that the positions of IB Coordinator and Professional Development Director have been filled internally, and next year we will have an Assistant Principal in the Early Years School.

Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, Kurt Supplee will become IB Coordinator. We greatly appreciate the work of Todd Cota has done as IB Coordinator who has advanced our program over the last 2 years and we wish him well as he leaves for a sabbatical next year.

At Nido since 2010, Kurt has 14 years of experience teaching IB Science and Math courses, and 6 years of experience as an IB Examiner. He has been a Department Head at 3 different schools, including Nido, and was a Grade 12 Advisor at Nido for 6 years. Kurt is also involved in professional development and leadership at Nido, having completed the High Tech High Educational LeadershipAcademy and as a facilitator for NLT (Nido Learns Together) groups. Throughout his international teaching career, he has always enjoyed looking at the big picture and finding solutions to foster deeper learning for his students. He is excited to be able to collaborate with teachers, counselors, and administrators to further instill the IB Learner Profile amongst our students and to develop them into critically open-minded global citizens.

Kristen MacConnell will take over as Professional Development Director in the 2018-2019 school year, with Jason Scoles deciding to return to the classroom after his important contributions to the PD program at Nido in the past year. Kristen returned to Nido this year as the Interim Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning in the Early Years School, after previously having been at Nido as an ES school counselor from 2010-2011 and an ES Literacy Specialist from 2011- 2014.

Kristen holds a Ph.D. in Special Education, an M.Ed in School Leadership, and a M.S. in School Psychology. She is passionate about supporting teachers and students to build a strong sense of belonging in the classroom and in school. Before coming back to Nido, Kristen worked as a leadership resident within the High Tech High organization where she was immersed in a culture project-based learning, and supported teachers to engage in their own inquiry to improve teacher practice. She has worked as a Director of Professional Development for a research institute and as a Professor in a teacher training program. Kristen has presented at international conferences in Latin America, Europe and Asia. She has published several blog posts for Ed Weekly as well as two book chapters. She is currently co-editing a book with High Tech High colleagues on School Leadership.

Nido has decided to consolidate the Assistant Director positions in the Early Years School into one Assistant Principal Position. We are very pleased to announce that Jessica Overton, the Assistant Director of Curriculum and Assessment, will assume this position in July.

Jessica is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood and holds a M.Ed. in Special Education, and a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She began her career in education as a teacher of the deaf (2003-2005) before arriving at Nido in 2005 as a Learning Disabilities Specialist in the ES (2005-2012). Jessica then served as a Literacy Specialist in the EYS (2012-2015) and, most recently, as the Assistant Director, focusing on assessment, learning standards, and curriculum. Jessica is excited to continue to work with the Early Years faculty, parents, and students to ensure that our program continues to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment for our youngest students to learn through wonder, play, and exploration.

We are looking forward to what these talented individuals will bring to Nido as they assume these new positions.


MINDFULNESS COURSE FOR NIDO PARENTS

Nido de Aguilas is pleased to offer again the highly popular 8-Week Mindfulness Workshop for parents with Ms. Lina Paumgarten.

FIESTA HUASA | SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

Join us at our annual Fiesta Huasa event Saturday, September 1st, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Nido baseball field.

WELCOME BACK FROM HS PRINCIPAL MCKENNA

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I love the start of school. It brings with it a new sense of possibility, excitement, and challenge.

WELCOME BACK FROM MS PRINCIPAL SHAWE

I trust that your child enjoyed the winter break – traveling, reading (I hope!), sleeping a bit later – and that she/he returned home today excited about the start of the new school year.

WELCOME BACK FROM ES PRINCIPAL JAMES

I hope your vacations were restorative and included plenty of family time and positive memories. One of my favorite parts about a new school year, is hearing all of the stories from students as I walk the playground and through classrooms.

WELCOME BACK FROM EYS PRINCIPAL COTA

One of my favorite aspects of working within the Early Years School (EYS) is being able welcome the new and returning students to the EYS. It is such a joy to see the excitement and sometimes the apprehensive looks upon their faces as they enter their classrooms filled with new friends, teachers and environments.

WELCOME BACK FROM ATHLETICS

At Nido, Athletics plays an important role in our community and especially in our student athletes' lives. We offer structured, organized sports and ongoing physical activities.

WELCOME BACK FROM THE ARTS

The Fine Arts Building Office would like to extend our welcome for the 2018-2019 school year. We'd like to invite you to the artistic activities we have scheduled throughout the year in hopes of counting with your presence as its the motivation and drive for our young artists.

NIDO ADULT SOCCER ACADEMY

Are you a Nido parent, alumni, or staff who loves to play soccer, but doesn't have a way to play? Join us on Mondays and Thursdays evenings beginning August 13 for the Nido Adult Soccer Academy.

A MESSAGE FROM HS PRINCIPAL PETIT

I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with your students during this year, most recently as the Interim Principal of the High School.

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