Two new administrators have stepped into the role of superintendent this year in San Mateo County: Michelle Harmeier in San Carlos School District and Heather Olsen in Pacifica School District.
Dr. Michelle Harmeier, San Carlos School District
Michelle began her teaching career in Roseville as an elementary teacher, before moving into middle school teaching and then site administration. She most recently served as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in the Anaheim Elementary School District, when the opportunity to serve as the Superintendent of San Carlos School District presented itself.
Her favorite experiences so far as Superintendent are visiting the classrooms and seeing teachers collaborate and use project-based learning to implement 21st Century instructional practices for all students.
“I am looking forward to working with the many stakeholders in San Carlos who support our district and our whole child approach to education,” shared Michelle. “The entire San Carlos community is invested in providing its students the best possible educational experience and this includes not only parents but all San Carlos residents and businesses.”
Michelle lives in San Carlos with her husband and can be seen biking up and down the Peninsula or hopping on the train to explore the City.
Dr. Heather Olsen, Pacifica School District
Heather began teaching Special Education and General Education in Oakland Unified School District as part of Teach for America. She comes to Pacifica after working in San Mateo-Foster City School District for 18 years, starting as a principal and working her way to Director of Curriculum and Instruction and then the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.
So far, her favorite experiences as Superintendent have been visiting the classrooms each week and interacting with her students and staff.
“One of the reasons I was drawn to work in the Pacifica School District was the organizational commitment and history of continuous learning,” shared Heather. “Educators are drawn to the profession generally because they love working with children and they love learning. Pacifica School District highly values the expertise of the educators and continues to provide opportunities to learn at all levels of the organization.”
Heather lives with her wife, Rona Jawetz, who helps schools implement Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) as part of SMCOE’s System of Support team.