Principal, Alpha: Cindy Avitia School
Emma is the Principal al Alpha: Cindy Avitia High School and entering her 7th year at Alpha. She joined CAHS in 2016 as an Assistant Principal and has helped to found the school to serve grades 9 – 12.
Originally from the East Coast, Emma earned a dual Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Mathematics Education at Syracuse University. After college, she served in an AmeriCorps program in her hometown by building community awareness around public health. After her experience in AmeriCorps, Emma joined Teach For America and moved to Memphis, TN, to teach high school Mathematics. Her passion for teaching math led her into leadership and she decided to move to San José.
Emma has coached and managed teachers in several departments, built a strong student culture and overseen many initiatives to strengthen results at Cindy Avitia. Emma loves working with students and can often be found throughout the campus checking in with kids.
Emma has been part of Building Excellent School’s Leader in Emerging Networks fellowship, engaged in RELAY Graduate School’s instructional programs, and is currently in the All Means All Cohort. She is also currently working on her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction.