Dear East Avenue Middle School Families:
I am reaching out to you to introduce myself as the new principal of East Avenue Middle
School. I hope you are enjoying the summer and finding time to relax with family,
friends, and a good book.
I am honored to return to East Avenue Middle School after six years serving in other
capacities within our District. I began my career in education as an English teacher at
Livermore High School (LHS), followed by four years as a vice principal at LHS, before
transferring to East Avenue as principal for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.
Since then, I have served as the District’s Assistant Director of Curriculum and as LHS
Principal. My fondness for East Avenue runs deep, and I look forward to getting
acquainted with families I have yet to meet and to continue building strong relationships
with those who also have children at LHS.
East Avenue has a talented and dedicated staff, and I will be supporting them as they
continue the very important work of:
1) fostering the academic, social, and emotional growth of every student through
rigorous and supportive instruction, engaging experiences, and high expectations
for student achievement and high school readiness;
2) guiding students in the development of self-management skills and the
determination needed to persist with learning even when it gets difficult; and
3) providing students with consistent behavior expectations to ensure a school
atmosphere of dignity, integrity, and kindness.
To the East Avenue students, I cannot wait to get to know you! Please believe in your
potential. We believe in you.
Helen N. Gladden, East Avenue Middle School Principal