The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) is pleased to announce two new administrative appointments. Official duties will begin on July 1, 2016.
Soraya Villaseñor, Vice Principal, Junction K-8 School. Soraya Villaseñor was born in Guadalajara, México and was raised in Los Angeles, CA. After graduating from St. Bernard’s High School in Marina del Rey, she continued on to UCLA where she double-majored in Political Science and History and graduated with Honors. Shortly after graduating, Soraya began her first job as a teacher at Highland Elementary in Inglewood, CA. She then went on to pursue a Masters degree and a teaching credential.
She received her Masters in Early Childhood Cognitive Development and a Multiple Subject teaching credential from the Developmental Teacher Education Program at U.C. Berkeley. Upon graduating, she began teaching in Fremont, CA where she taught for the next 10 years. Within that time, she received her Tier 1 Administrative Credential from Cal State East Bay through the Educational Leadership Program. Soraya came to the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District two years ago and has taught 5th grade at Junction K-8 in the Dual Immersion program as the designated Spanish teacher. In addition, she has been highly involved with the parents of English Language Learners as the Faculty Liaison to the English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC), continuously encouraging increased parent involvement in the school community.
Soraya has strong ties to Livermore as she has lived in our community for the past 14 years with her husband, Daniel. She has three young sons; Daniel, Dominic and Diego who stay active playing sports all year long. Soraya enjoys runs in the park, watching her children play sports, reading books and taking long hikes. Above all, she enjoys traveling. Every year, she plans vacations that will expose her children to different wonders of the world, making sure that they grow to appreciate the greatness of our world and the people in it. Soraya values education and believes that all children have the capacity to achieve at high levels. She is fully bilingual in Spanish and English and plans to use her biliteracy to continue to engage parents and the community at large, while working to create a stimulating environment at Junction K-8 where all students contribute and thrive.
Brian Scharmann, Vice Principal, Christensen Middle School: Brian Scharmann is a Northern California native and was raised in the city of Manteca in the Central Valley. He completed his undergraduate work at Cal State East Bay, earning a B.A. in History with a minor in California Studies, and is nearing completion of his M.S. in Educational Leadership at Cal State East Bay. Mr. Scharmann has taught at both middle school and high school levels over the years. He has filled many secondary school leadership roles including Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) District Director, School Site Council Faculty Representative, and Social Studies Department Chair, as well as completed extensive work in enhancing school culture and organizing student activities. Mr. Scharmann has a range of youth coaching experiences including fast pitch softball from introductory level to varsity. Additionally, Mr. Scharmann has led school- wide Professional Development on technology integration in the classroom to enhance student learning. In 2014, he received the prestigious You Make A World Of Difference outstanding educator award in our local community, recognizing the positive impact he has made on the lives of students.
Mr. Scharmann brings energy, enthusiasm, and a student-first approach to the position of Vice Principal. He believes that relationship building is imperative to student success, and that a school community can only truly reach its potential through strong collaboration among students, parents, teachers, and staff. He passionately believes that all students are capable of success within a safe and equitable learning environment. He has been working at the Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory School for the last several years, teaching U.S. History, Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History, and AVID.
Outside of school, Mr. Scharmann enjoys traveling with his wife Rebecca, attending professional sporting events, fishing, camping, and home improvement projects.
About Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District serves over 12,500 students in transitional kindergarten through the 12th grade in eight elementary schools, two K-8 schools – including one school with the International Baccalaureate program, three middle schools, two comprehensive high schools, and two alternative schools. Our teachers offer inspiring programs that prepare students to contribute and thrive in their community. For more information about the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District please visit www.livermoreschools.com.