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Del Oro welcomes new assistant principals

By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Del Oro High School has named two, new assistant principals to the Golden Eagles administrative team. Instructors Bridget Farren and Paul Lundberg will be assistants to Del Oro’s new principal Dan Gayaldo who replaces retiring principal Bob Christiansen beginning on July 1. Farren has taught physical education and cardio health at the school since 2001. She’s also served as a volleyball coach, sports trainer and the cheerleader advisor. “We have a shared vision. We’re excited,” Farren said of the new administrative team. Lundberg has been teaching at Del Oro for 14 years and currently spends half his time teaching American history and the other half planning district inservice days and overseeing STAR testing as the curriculum instruction coordinator. He’s also been a basketball and track and field coach. Lundberg’s students reacted positively to news of his appointment. “I’m really excited. He cares a lot about Del Oro,” said junior Natalee Consulo, 16. “It’s awesome. He’s a phenomenal leader on campus. He’s a great guy,” said Toby Uptain-Villa, 16, also a junior. Together Farren and Lundberg will split the duties of student discipline, staff development, STAR testing, supervision of school activities and oversight of student office workers. Lundberg said he brings his passion for Del Oro culture and his curriculum expertise to his new position. Farren plans to utilize her female presence and emergency medical technician training to help create a safe environment where kids can learn and where they feel like part of a family. “If you feel safe, then you buy in. When kids feel safe and relaxed, they learn better,” she said. Lauren Huppe, 18, a Del Oro senior was pleased that a woman will be serving as an assistant to the principal. “Girls will feel more comfortable talking to her about their problems,” Lauren said. “She communicates very well and is a role model for many of students,” she added. Freshman Kelli Blanton, 15, is a student in Farren’s cardio health class and said, “She’s going to be good. She knows how to relate to kids.” Farren and Lundberg replace former assistant principal Gayaldo and Jeff Tooker, who has been promoted to assistant superintendent for the high school district.