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May 2, 2013
San Juan names principals to Carnegie, John Barrett schools

Mark Siewert, principal of Earl LeGette Elementary School in Fair Oaks, will be the new principal at Andrew Carnegie Middle School in the San Juan Unified School District, the district announced.

The district also named Brent Givens, an alumnus of Del Campo High, as the next principal of John Barrett Middle School, replacing retiring Principal Lisa Herstrom Smith.

Both the Siewert and Givens appointments take effective Aug. 5.

Siewert started with the San Juan district in 1988 as a teacher for former Starr King Elementary (now Starr King K-8), where he taught special education, media, electives and physical education. He also served as an intervention specialist before he was named the middle school vice principal 18 years later.

In 2008, Siewert became an interim principal at Oakview Community Elementary and, a year later, was appointed principal for LeGette Elementary.

Siewert was an active member of the district's strategic planning, was a coordinator for GATE and school standardized testing and an intervention math coach. He also was active in leading professional development opportunities for staff.

Siewert holds a master's degree in education from California State University, Sacramento, where he also earned his Bachelor of Science in liberal studies. He earned his administrative credential in 2006 and also holds a credential in cross-cultural language and academic development.

Andrew Carnegie's principal retired in January. Lynn Jacoby, interim principal, will remain in the post through the end of the school year.

Givens has served as principal at Norwood Junior High School in the Twin Rivers Unified School District since 2010. Before then, he was vice principal at Norwood and worked in support of summer school and technology projects for the Twin Rivers district.

He began his career in 1999 as a social studies teacher and at Nevada's Clark County School District.

Givens graduated from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Science in secondary education, with a focus on social science. He earned his master's degree in education with a focus on curricular studies and technology leadership from UNLV.

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Loretta KalbLoretta Kalb started her reporting career at The Sacramento Union, moved to KOVR-13 as a television reporter, editor and producer, headed to The Associated Press in San Francisco and eventually returned to Sacramento and joined The Sacramento Bee. Throughout her career, she has covered the state Legislature, courts, local government and, now, education. She is a Chico native and an Elk Grove resident.

Diana LambertDiana Lambert began her journalism career as a proofreader at the Lodi News-Sentinel. She is now a senior writer at The Sacramento Bee covering K-12 education and California State University, Sacramento. Previously she was The Bee’s Elk Grove bureau chief. Lambert was raised in a military family and lived at bases around the globe. She attended four high schools, graduating from Tokay High in Lodi and then Sacramento State University. She lives in Elk Grove.

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