Principal's Welcome

  • August 12th, 2021

    Dear East Avenue Middle School Families,

    I am thrilled to be the principal of East Avenue Middle School and even more thrilled that we are returning to in-person learning this year! My highest goal and responsibility will be to continue to ensure that East Avenue is a great place to work and learn, and a place where you are proud to send your children.

    Over the course of my 21 years in education, I taught for twelve years at both the middle and high school level and also have served as an assistant principal at both levels, most recently serving as an assistant principal at Castro Valley High School. My desire to learn everything possible about school leadership inspired me to return to school to earn my Master’s Degree in Educational Administration at Brandman University. I also deepened my experience in many other ways, serving multiple times as a member of WASC accreditation teams that help other California schools review and improve their programs and effectiveness.

    If there was a single common factor among all of the successful schools I have observed or served, it was that families, students, and staff were connected to their school and the school served as an extension of its community. If the professionals at the school site are the only voices in what we do, we will not be a true reflection of what our community wants, needs, or has to offer. I want to hear from you and I want you to hear from me about the great things going on at East Avenue. 

    I also understand that middle school students face some of the toughest issues of identity and belonging of any age group. Both of my own children, now heading into 11th and 9th grades, went through rough patches in middle school. The teachers and staff who cared for them during these times-- engaging them academically, giving them a place to eat lunch when friends were scarce, or simply noticing them with a kind word or compliment -- provided invaluable gifts to my family. It is my intention that East Avenue Middle School provide that level of care for your children, too.  

    I am eager to get to work and to get the 2021-22 school year off to a great start. The sky is the limit for us Dolphins! 

    Jesse Hansen 

    Principal, East Avenue Middle School