Winters JUSD school board selects new superintendent

Diana Jiménez has been selected as the new Winters JUSD superintendent.
Diana Jiménez was selected to serve as the new Winters JUSD superintendent. Courtesy photo

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The Winters Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees has announced that Diana Jiménez, Chief Academic Officer for the Planada Elementary School District, was selected as the new Superintendent of Schools on April 24, and her employment and contract approval will take place on May 21. Her start date is July 1, 2020.

The Board of Trustees selected Jiménez for her broad and established instructional leadership. “Diana Jiménez is passionate about student success, as her track record demonstrates student-based decisions supporting academic success”, said Winters JUSD Board President Rudolph Muldong. “The Board looks forward to welcoming Jiménez to our district and to the families that we serve.”

Jiménez has 32 years of experience in public education and has worked in a variety of school settings from elementary school to community college. Jiménez began her career in education as a teacher’s aide. She continued to serve in an array of positions, including language assessor, English Language Arts teacher, master teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, principal and Director of Secondary School Support for the Stanislaus County Office of Education. She moved on to become the Director of Educational Services for the South Monterey County Joint Union High School District.

For the past two years, Jiménez has been the Chief Academic Officer for the Planada Elementary School District. The Planada Elementary School District is a K-8 district of approximately 850 students. The district operates a K-5 elementary school and a middle school. Nearly 50 percent of the students participate in the English Learner Program. Planada is a rural, unincorporated community of almost 4,000 located nine miles east of Merced. The area is largely agricultural.

As the Chief Academic Officer, Jiménez provides district leadership in areas such as Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) development and federal programs. She also supports teachers and principals in all areas of curriculum and instruction, including professional development, student services, educational technology, special education, assessment, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and services for English learners.

Jiménez has also facilitated professional development for county offices of education and the California Writing Project. She has been involved in a wide array of school programs including Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and Future Farmers of America (FFA).

Jiménez has a bachelor’s degree and single subject credential from California State University Stanislaus and a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from Brandman University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in organizational leadership at Brandman University. Jiménez is married with two grown children.

Jiménez states, “I am delighted and honored to be joining the Winters family.  Winters Joint Unified School District has a long tradition of excellence.  Working together, we will continue to build on the district’s strong foundation.  Our work is about inspiring and preparing tomorrow’s innovators, civic and social leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, and scientists.  I look forward to collaborating with parents, staff, students, and the community and together work toward advancing opportunities for all students in Winters.”

Her selection marks the end of a three-month search process for the school district. In February, current superintendent, Dr. Todd Cutler, was selected as the new superintendent for the Lake Tahoe Unified School District. Cutler has served as superintendent since July 2015 and assumes his new position on July 1.

“We want to thank our entire community who played an active role during this interview process,” said Winters JUSD Board President Rudolph Muldong. In March, the Board of Trustees conducted a survey for community input on the superintendent search process.

About Winters JUSD The Winters Joint Unified School District serves approximately 1,550 students within the city of Winters and from the surrounding unincorporated areas of Yolo and Solano counties. The District schools include: Winters Elementary School (grades TK-5), Winters Middle School (grades 6-8), Winters High School (grades 9-12), Wolfskill Career Readiness Academy (grades 9-12), and the Winters State Preschool Center and Head Start Program. The school district employs approximately 200 employees and is the second largest employer in Winters. Learn more at https://www.wintersjusd.org.]]>

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