The Cabrillo Unified School District announced the appointment of a Principal assigned to Alvin S. Hatch Elementary School Friday. The Cabrillo Unified School District Governing Board approved the recommendation to appoint Will Flores for the position. Currently, Flores is a principal at Vose Elementary School in Beaverton, Oregon.
Flores earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Modern Languages: Spanish Literature/Linguistics from Southern Oregon University and a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Bilingual Education, also from Southern Oregon University. Flores has an extensive background as a teacher, trainer, and principal in Spanish/English immersion programs.
This experience makes him an ideal selection for Hatch, which houses the Districts K-5 immersion program. He will relocate to the area with his wife, who is a dual language teacher, and their daughter who is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health.
In the selection process, a diverse group of parents, teachers, classified staff, and administrators chose a slate of five candidates to interview. The committee selected three finalists for the district administrative team to interview and determine the best candidate. Besides oral interviews, an extensive review of past employment histories for all candidates was performed.
Prior to the selection of the initial candidates, a group of Hatch parents and employees provided extensive input into what they were looking for in their next principal. Among the key characteristics was the ability to work effectively with staff and parents to strengthen school-wide community.
Being new to the district, Flores plans to integrate himself into the culture of the school and community as soon as possible. He plans on visiting the school prior to the end of the school year, and will begin his principalship at Hatch in July.
“It is an honor to have been selected by the Cabrillo Unified School District to be the next Principal of Hatch Elementary,” responded Flores upon learning of his appointment. “I am delighted to be offered this opportunity and I am looking forward to working with such an outstanding learning community.”
“I am passionate about teaching and learning, and will continue to build upon the excellent achievements already gained. I look forward to working closely with the staff, parents, and the wider community in Half Moon Bay. My aim is to empower teachers and staff to work collaboratively in teams so that our students can be successful in achieving to their fullest potential. I will be wholly committed in supporting and ensuring student growth and success, and on leading Hatch Elementary to become an even brighter star.”