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Press Release: LCMSD Principal Chosen to Lead Student Services in Ross Valley School District

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Press Release: LCMSD Principal Chosen to Lead Student Services in Ross Valley School District

Eric Saibel, Hall Middle School Principal since 2016, has been selected to be the next Director of Student Services at the Ross Valley School District. His appointment was approved at the June 2, 2020, Board Meeting in San Anselmo, and he will begin on July 1, 2020.

Mr. Saibel is clearly looking forward to his new leadership position, which will build off of his experiences here in Larkspur-Corte Madera. “The six years I've spent in Larkspur-Corte Madera School District as Assistant Principal and Principal of Hall Middle School have been incredibly fulfilling and rewarding as both a person and a professional. Our district and community's commitment to the social, emotional and intellectual wellbeing and success of every child has helped us chart education's future, instead of simply replicating its past - and other districts and communities around Marin and the state look to us for that inspiration. I am thrilled to join Ross Valley School District as another dynamic K-8 environment equally focused on equitable learning outcomes for all children, and feel excited to bring our districts into closer collaboration in the years to come for the benefit of students and community. I cannot overstate how much I will miss the incredible colleagues, students, and parents I've been so fortunate to work and learn alongside over these six years of significant growth and change at Hall and LCMSD.”

Mr. Saibel was hired in 2014 to be the Assistant Principal of Hall Middle School. Prior to that, he was a highly regarded teacher and then assistant principal in the Tamalpais Union High School District. He was selected as Principal of Hall Middle School in 2016, where he led the following efforts:

  • 2019 California School to Watch - one of only 16 new designations in the state, and the only school ever granted this designation in Marin County. This honor is registered in the US Congressional Record, which was presented to our community in June 2019 by Congressman Jared Huffman.
  • Implementation of a robust distance learning program with no interruption to student learning at the outset of COVID-related school closure.
  • Full implementation of standards-based learning practices in alignment with California Department of Education recommendations and in conjunction with local feeder schools.
  • Implementation of a rotating bell schedule in 2017/18 to ensure high-level learning in every class regardless of period. Featured in the Unlocking Time website, a Gates Foundation project.
  • Fostered greater inclusion and celebration of many kinds of student contributions with the Excellence in Learning celebrations held every trimester.
  • Facilitated a representative Focus Group in the summer of 2016 to address challenges in our school climate to create a safer, more respectful, and more positive environment for all students and staff. 
  • 2015 Gold Ribbon School, with the elective program garnering Model Program status.
  • Launched Global School Play Day in February of 2015 - a movement that included over a half million children around the world in 2020. 
  • Published articles in Education Week, Edutopia, and the Marin IJ on pressing issues in public education.

Superintendent Dr. Geithman commented, “Mr. Saibel has led LCMSD through a time of extraordinary cultural and instructional change. This began with his focus group work to positively shift the climate and culture at Hall Middle and continued throughout a multi-year and collaborative process to transition to standards-based grading in alignment with local feeder middle schools. These examples of his visionary leadership and ability to collaborate with a variety of stakeholder groups and across school districts have significantly impacted the student experience and earned local and nationwide recognition.”

Jill Sellers, LCMSD Board President added, “Eric Saibel leaves LCMSD with an exceptional legacy of transformational leadership. As Principal of Hall Middle School he developed a caring community of learners, built around the cultural norms of the Cougar Code. His leadership gave rise to significant improvements in equity of experience for all students, a significant reduction of disciplinary referrals and strong growth academically. We are confident RVSD has made an excellent choice in Eric Saibel.”

The Larkspur-Corte Madera School District is also pleased to announce the recommendation of Dr. Toni Brown as Principal of Hall Middle School. Dr. Geithman will be bringing this recommendation to the Board of Trustees at the June 17, 2020, Board Meeting. 

Dr. Brown has served as Hall Middle School's Assistant Principal since 2018 and came to Marin County from Southern California with a wealth of experience. Her well-rounded background includes:

  • Adjunct Faculty, USC in the Rossier School of Education Counseling Department 
  • Principal, Pennekamp Elementary and Assistant Principal at Manhattan Beach Middle School (MBUSD)
  • Counselor at Oak Middle School in Los Alamitos Unified School District 
  • 8th Grade Science and Math teacher in both ABC and Tustin Unified School Districts
  • Kindergarten and 5th Grade teacher in ABC Unified School District 

LCMSD congratulates Mr. Saibel on his promotion in the Ross Valley School District and is excited about the continuity of leadership with Dr. Brown recommended to take the helm at Hall Middle.