Meet Our New Principal!

As the great Jimmy Buffett sings,

“Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes, nothing remains quite the same.”

I am very proud and excited to be your new principal! Change can be hard, and I know I am going to have expectations and routines that are different from what you’re used to. My goal at the beginning of the school year is to observe, ask lots of questions, and discover what makes Good Shepherd an awesome place to teach and learn.

I met some of you briefly at the end of last school year, but here’s a quick review of my background:

I grew up in Redwood City and attended Catholic schools through high school (Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Serra High). I earned my BA in Political Science at Stanford, and my teaching credential at Notre Dame de Namur. I went on to earn a Master’s in School Administration along with my administrative credential from San Francisco State.

I taught 7th and 8th grade at St. Pius School in Redwood City for two years (Linda Cardellini was in my first class!) before transitioning to public school. I taught for seven years at Taylor Middle School in Millbrae and was an assistant principal there for two more. Along the way I got married and became a father. My wife Marianne and I decided to move to Sacramento where we could afford a home and raise our family, this was in 1998. I became an elementary school principal and worked for 20 years in Sacramento area schools.

As our kids grew and left the nest, both Marianne and I had a strong urge to return home to the Peninsula. We settled in Montara and Marianne went to work as the registrar at Half Moon Bay High School. I wanted to return to my roots in Catholic education, and with my family’s encouragement began looking for a position in the Archdiocese. I was lucky enough to find Good Shepherd. Everyone I’ve met has been so warm and welcoming. I feel at home already.

Once again, I am honored to be your new principal. Please know you can come to me anytime with questions, concerns, and ideas. If you just want to check out my awesome bobblehead collection, that’s cool too!

Blessings on a restful summer,

Leo Alvarez