Sonoma Valley High School Principal Kathleen Hawing is stepping down from her position as of June 30.

Hawing has been principal at the high school since August 2013.

She reportedly emailed teachers and staff at the high school with the news on Thursday morning. She will be meeting in person with the teachers on Monday and with the classified staff on Tuesday. She is seeking a return to the classroom within the district.

Hawing was en route to see an ill family member Thursday afternoon and was unavailable for comment.

Interim District Superintendent Chuck Young released a statement, saying “Kathleen has done a wonderful job under difficult circumstances. She will be greatly missed, and finding a replacement for her will be extremely difficult. We will be posting that job, along with the HR and special ed positions as soon as possible. It looks as if the new superintendent may start with a lot of new people. I guess that has both positive and negative implications.”

Hawing had been under fire last October over a misunderstanding about a rumored campus ban on the American flag, and just recently for proposing to eliminate Honors English courses in the 11th and 12th grades.

She has been with the Sonoma Valley Unified School District since 1997 as a bilingual fourth-grade teacher and then as the site Title VII Coordinator for the Dual Immersion Program at Flowery Elementary School. For three years, she directed the College and Career Center at the high school and was named assistant principal in September 2012.

Hawing earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and Latin American studies at UCLA, as well as a master’s degree in Latin American studies from UCLA. She has a multiple subject teaching credential; and an administrative services credential.

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