Friday, Dec. 21, 2012
Pacheco High adds learning director, vice principal
By Thaddeus Miller / email@example.com
Pacheco High School has a couple of new faces on its administrative team, after adding a senior class and months of shuffling administrators between high schools.
The school brought on Rebecca Richardson, 26, in August and Trevor Agnitsch, 35, in October as learning director and assistant principal, respectively.
Richardson, a 2003 Los Banos High graduate, taught for three years at Henry Miller Elementary and two years of English at Pacheco High before stepping up to the administrative level. She said the educational field can be a way to make a difference in the community.
"I just want to make a change in people's lives," Richardson said. "I love education and I love teaching. I love ensuring that students are getting everything they need to be successful individuals."
As learning director, Richardson is in charge of overseeing student services -- essentially a supervisor over the counselors -- and meeting with students who may need to bring their grades up, decide on a college or work out a four-year plan.
The use of academic language in all aspects of the classroom is a main focus for Pacheco High, she said.
The Delaware native attended Humboldt State University and California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock
Agnitsch spent most of his school years in Benicia, a Bay Area city south of Vallejo, and graduated from Benicia High School.
Agnitsch said he wants to ensure Pacheco High is "student centered," and said he has the passion to do it.
"I have got unlimited energy," Agnitsch said. "You can talk to the closest people I know. I am very passionate about everything I do."
The graduate of Cal Poly taught in Benicia, and later moved to Los Banos in order to commute to his job at Gilroy High School. In 2005, Agnitsch started teaching chemistry and physical science at Los Banos High.
Agnitsch said the chance to work again with Pacheco High's Principal Brett Lee and Assistant Principal Grace Taylor, both formerly of Los Banos High, attracted him to the position. He called them "phenomenal leaders" in "the business of education."
"You wouldn't necessarily think of education as a business," he said, "but now, being an administrator and running a school of 1,500, it's a major business."
Agnitsch, who has a daughter, said he would like to be a chiropractor some day; a chiropractor aided his mother after a car accident, he said. However, education is his focus now.
"I would love to be a principal," he said. "That's still a goal of mine."
Agnitsch fills the position left open after Ryan Hartsoch took over as principal at Los Banos High.
Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanos