Three New Administrators Join MVLA
Three New Administrators Join MVLA;
IT Director, Assistant Director of Special Education and Assistant Principal
Three important leadership positions were recently filled in the Mountain View Los Altos High School District (MVLA): Director of Information Services (IT), Assistant Director of Special Education, and Assistant Principal for Mountain View High School.
The new Director of IT is Robert (Bob) Fishtrom. Fishtrom comes to MVLA from the Sequoia Union High School District, where, for six years, he directed IT and oversaw a $10-million bond budget and supervised the technology department staff. He implemented that district’s first 1:1 Chromebook initiative, providing devices for more than 800 students. Prior to his current district-level position, Fishstrom was at Carlmont High School in Belmont for six years, first as an administrative vice principal, then as an instructional vice principal. He has coordinated standardized testing, planned comprehensive master schedules, managed programs relative to personnel, school operations, curriculum, instruction and more. Fishtrom has also been a technology resource teacher, technology and social studies teacher, and lecturer on “Technology for Educational Administration” at Santa Clara University. Fishtrom earned his Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees from San Francisco State University, and holds a teaching credential from the College of Notre Dame.
Sumita Gosala is the new Assistant Director for Special Education. Gosala is a multi-lingual scholar with more than 20 years of teaching experience and extensive expertise with students with moderate to severe learning disabilities. She comes to MVLA from the Jefferson Elementary School District in Daly City, where she coordinated student placement and IEP meetings for five years, and worked another seven years as an inclusion program specialist. Her credentials include administration, traumatic brain injury and orthopedic impairment, and other neurological and physical disabilities. Gosala participates in the annual Autism Spectrum Disorder summer series organized by Stanford University, and is a certified instructor for the Crisis Prevention Institute.
Daniella Quiñones has joined Mountain View High School as Assistant Principal. She will oversee facilities and assessment, and counsel a portion of the freshman class, among other duties. She comes to MVLA from Capuchino High School, one of seven schools in the San Mateo Union High School District, where she was an instructional coach, World Languages Department Coordinator, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Data and Assessment Coordinator, and WASC Coordinator. She also taught Spanish 1 and 2, and Spanish for Native Speakers 3 for seven years. Prior to beginning her education career, she was Marketing Coordinator for PBS’ educational productions for WGBH Educational Foundation in Boston, and was Marketing manager for Edu-Culture International in Southern California. Quiñones graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts from Loyola Marymount University, and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley’s Master of Arts in Education. She is a third generation teacher.
“We are extremely happy to welcome these outstanding professionals to our team,” said MVLA Superintendent Dr. Nellie Meyer. “Their expertise, dedication to student success, equity and innovation aligns perfectly with our mission and will help us in our ongoing pursuit of excellence in public education.”