Patterson Joint Unified School District experiences shifts in administrative positions
by Nathan Duckworth | Patterson Irrigator
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Patterson High School principal David Stubbs has stepped down as principal but will remain with the district as a Spanish teacher, pictured during May's commencement ceremony at PHS.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
Patterson High School principal David Stubbs has stepped down as principal but will remain with the district as a Spanish teacher, pictured during May's commencement ceremony at PHS.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
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This summer has seen many administrative changes in the Patterson Joint Unified School District (PJUSD) leading up to the school new year. Las Palmas Elementary School, Patterson High School and Del Puerto High School each have new principals.

Patterson High School’s former principal of seven years David Stubbs stepped down June 30 in order to return to the classroom as a Spanish teacher. Stubbs has been with the district since August of 2007.

“When [Stubbs] got hired as principal, he told the staff that he wanted to finish out his career back in the classroom as a teacher,” said PJUSD Superintendent Philip Alfano. “When the time was right to do that, he wanted to make that step.”

Stubbs light-heartedly commented on the change at the end of the last school year.

“I’m tired,” said Stubbs. “I want my free time back.”

Former Del Puerto High School principal since 2009 and 15-year PJUSD employee Tonya Bibbins has taken over the principalship at Patterson High School.

Bibbins started as a teacher in the district, and also served as assistant principal of Patterson High School for three years.

Bibbins’s vacant position at Del Puerto High School was in turn filled by Macros Huerta, Del Puerto’s previous Guidance Learning Coordinator for the past five years. Bibbins served as a mentor to Huerta during his transition to principal, and he feels gracious to her as well as Alfano and the PJUSD School Board for the opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to provide a quality education to the students of the Patterson community,” said Huerta. “I also look forward to supporting my highly-qualified staff in their effort to assist students in achieving their goals.”

Dianne Vargas is no longer the principal of Las Palmas Elementary School, and has returned to one of her former positions as counselor of Patterson High School. A PJUSD employee since 2004, Vargas has held the principalship since July 2011.

Sandra Villasenor is taking over for Vargas. Formerly the assistant principal of Las Palmas and Northmead Elementary Schools concurrently, Villasenor has held various positions in the PJUSD since 2004, which further spanned Grayson Charter Elementary School, Rising Sun School and Walnut Grove School. She is excited about her new position as principal of Las Palmas.

“We have a dynamic and innovative staff that will be exploring new ways of teaching math, along with focusing on writing across the curriculum, integrating technology into the classroom and gaining a deeper understanding of the Common Core Standards,” said Villasenor. “We will continue with our No Excuses philosophy, that all students can learn and be ready for college and career by graduation.

Filling Villasenor’s vacant assistant principal positions are Shelby Huerta and Toney Henry—Huerta with Las Palmas, and Henry with Northmead. Henry also left open an assistant principal position at Creekside Middle School, which is being filled by Tiffany Jones.

With summer heading out in mere days, Villasenor anticipates a strong, cooperative school year.

“Most of all, I look forward to seeing all the students, teachers and families working together to continue the positive path that Las Palmas has been on for the last few years,” said Villasenor.

Nathan Duckworth can be reached at 209-892 6187 ext. 24 or nathan@pattersonirrigator.com.
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