Message from Interim Superintendent Kathy Marhsall
I wish to thank the Orinda school community for your warm welcome and enthusiastic response to my pending appointment as the Interim Superintendent for our district. It has been an honor to work with many of you over the past four years in many facets of our curriculum and instructional programs. I now look forward to an even broader landscape of opportunity to serve and support the other important areas for our district, our schools, and the greater Orinda community.
While we are all embarking on the exciting transition toward welcoming a new superintendent, I will continue to guide our education-focused community into the future. We will strive for continuing excellence in our curriculum and programs for students, high quality professional development for teachers, strategic planning for the future of our facilities, and address our technology needs while being mindful of our expenditures and fiscal resources.
I will work diligently each day to strengthen our relationships and ensure that our ongoing efforts for collaboration flourish in an atmosphere of respect, innovation, and creativity.
At the core of all that we do, I will continuously ask the same question at the onset, “What will be best for Orinda students?”
This simple question, and the answer, is essentially informed by our Mission:
Building on a tradition of educational excellence and strong community support,
we will inspire and challenge each student through strong academics
and continuously improving programs that will develop the
character and abilities needed to shape an ever-changing world.
I will pay close attention to the needs of our school communities and the goals that our Board, staff, teachers, parents and community envision for our schools. I will communicate these aspirations to the new incoming Superintendent.
I offer sincere appreciation to our Board of Trustees for their vote of confidence and the trust they have placed in me. I offer my heartfelt thanks to our leadership team, our teachers, our district and site support staff, and our community partners.
To the students, teachers, staff, and families of Del Rey, Glorietta, Sleepy Hollow, Wagner Ranch, and Orinda Intermediate School - you inspire me each and every day. Each one of our schools is a dynamic and progressive learning community. We will continue our journey on the road to excellence by bringing out the best in each other and ourselves.
I am honored, and humbled, to continue in this leadership role as your Interim Superintendent.
Orinda Union School District
“ A great preparation for tomorrow is the best use of today.”