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MVLA names new principals for Mountain View, Alta Vista

Mountain View High School in June 2021. (Arya Nasikkar)

You can add Suzanne Woolfolk and Dr. Kip Glazer to the list of Mountain View-Los Altos Union principals after the board’s unanimous appointment of both on Monday afternoon. 

Woolfolk, currently assistant principal at Los Altos, will assume the role of Alta Vista High School principal and director of alternative programs overseeing Middle College, College Now and Freestyle Academy. She succeeds the retiring Bill Pierce. 

Dr. Glazer, principal at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, will take the place of departing Michael Jimenez as principal of Mountain View High.

“I know what an incredible opportunity and honor this is,” Dr. Glazer said, virtually attending Monday’s board meeting. “I want to be the principal that every one of our students and staff would like to have.”

Dr. Kip Glazer. (via San Marcos Unified School District)

Over her two decade career in education, Dr. Glazer has served as a principal, assistant principal, dean of students, instructional technology coach and a classroom teacher. She was named a 2014 County Teacher of the Year while at the Kern High School District.

Dr. Glazer holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo; a Master of Arts in education from Chapman University; and a doctorate in learning technologies from Pepperdine University.

Superintendent Dr. Nellie Meyer said that Dr. Glazer, who’s fluent in English and Korean, has been teaching herself Spanish to be able to better communicate with the Mountain View-Los Altos community.

The other appointment of the day might be a more familiar face. Woolfolk, who began her career in 2003 as a Spanish and English language development teacher, has served as an assistant principal at Los Altos for the last eight years.

“We’re all very excited because we know Suzanne,” Dr. Meyer said.

Woolfolk holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Spanish/Portuguese and developmental psychology from Stanford; a Master of Arts in education from Stanford; and a Master of Arts in educational administration from California State University San Francisco.

Suzanne Woolfolk. (via Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District)

For the better part of the last decade, Woolfolk has initiated programs to give English learners and special education students greater access to University of California and California State University-approved courses, built financial scholarships for extracurriculars and developed gender support programming.

“I really feel honored to be in a position where my love of working with students can couple with new opportunities for leadership and growth,” Woolfolk said. “I’m thrilled to be growing my family across Middle College and Alta and all of our programs, and continue to work with Los Altos and Mountain View in different ways.”

“For Los Altos High School, this is going to be a huge loss,” Los Altos Principal Wynne Satterwhite said. “She’s led us through a lot of unique changes, and through the pandemic she was the go-to person. … I will surely miss working with her.”

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