Ms. Julie Calderón is in her 4th year as the Newark Unified Principal of Alternative Education. This is her 25th year in high school education. She taught English and Spanish for Native Speakers for thirteen years in Hayward and San Lorenzo Unified School Districts. She went on to serve as Assistant Principal at her alma mater, San Lorenzo High, for four years and also served as Vice Principal of Alternative Education for Pleasanton Unified for four years. During her tenure in Pleasanton, Ms. Calderón oversaw a successful application for Model Continuation High School award. She hopes to achieve the same for Bridgepoint High School in years to come.
The eldest daughter of Peruvian immigrants, Ms. Calderón graduated from San Lorenzo High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in English at UC Berkeley. She continued at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education to earn her Single Subject Teaching Credential in Secondary English. While working as a teacher, she continued her education by earning a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco. She received her Administrative Services Credential from CSU East Bay.
In addition to her schooling, Ms. Calderón has participated in teacher training from the College Board in Advanced Placement Literature and Composition and has taken part in numerous seminars hosted by Facing History and Ourselves and The World as It Could Be Human Rights Education Program. She was also a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a seminar in the Renaissance at Columbia University. She completed the 2019 ACSA Special Education Academy.
Ms. Calderón is a member of ACSA. She served as secretary for the Newark Management Association(NEWMA) for two years.
In her free time, Ms. Calderón enjoys spending time with her family, taking dance classes, cooking, and traveling. She is a longtime and current volunteer for Girls Inc. of Alameda County and the California Alumni Association.