Changes afoot at Sonoma Charter

Kevin Kassebaum has hit the ground running since coming on board at Sonoma Charter School (SCS) this summer, replacing Paula Hunter as principal. SCS, which is one of the oldest charter schools in the state, came under fire last year for how little its demographic population matched the neighborhood in which it is located.

Kassebaum has staged his first attack on the issue with the hiring of new teacher Ashlee Drady. The bilingual Drady received her master’s degree in bilingual/multicultural education from Sacramento State University. She has BCLAD certification (bilingual cross-cultural language and academic development), a multiple subject credential and a single subject teaching credential in Spanish.

“Ashlee is a terrific hire for us,” said Kassebaum. “We have wanted to reinstate Spanish instruction in all grades and increase the services we provide to students for whom English is not spoken at home.”

Drady received her bachelors of art in Spanish and global studies with an emphasis on Latin America from UC Santa Barbara. Prior to coming to Sonoma, she taught kindergarten for three years at Sunnybrae International Baccalaureate World School where she also served as the ELAC (English learner advisory committee) president.

Drady is currently assessing all of SCS’s English-language-learner students as well as developing a curriculum for Sonoma Charter School to reinstate its Spanish instruction in all grades. Other changes in the works include partnerships with La Luz Center to offer programs on the SCS campus and more outreach events like the school’s successful back to school fair in August.

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