UPDATE: A recent comment that listed what purported to be Santa Rosa City Schools Superintendent Socorro Shiels’ home address has been removed. As a matter of policy, the Press Democrat almost never runs specific residential addresses of people in the news.


Santa Rosa City Schools has made four new administrative hires for the 2013-14 school year.

Rachel Monarrez has been hired as the assistant superintendent of kindergarten through sixth grade curriculum and instruction. Monarrez has 19 years of experience, including stints as a teacher, principal and director or English language learner programs, according to the district. She comes from the Pomona Unified School District. Her salary is $139,419 and she earns an additional $1,200 for having a master’s degree; $1,200 for having a Ph.D. and a $1,199 car allowance. She replaces Gail Eagan who retired.

Dianna Kitamura has been hired as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction of seventh through 12th grade. Kitamura has served as teacher, counselor, principal, director and assistant superintendent. She was most recently in the Hayward Unified School District and has experience in student achievement, career technical education, professional development and community college curricular integration, according to Santa Rosa City Schools officials. Her salary is $139,419 plus $1,200 for having a master’s degree and a $1,199 car allowance. She replaces Anastasia Zita whose contract was not renewed.

Ryan Thompson of Elsie Allen High School has been named assistant principal at Piner High School. Thompson has spent the last six years as a teacher at Elsie. His salary is $86,867.

Tracy Anderson has been hired as the vice principal for the district’s home and hospital program, as well as for Nueva Vista and Lewis Opportunity programs. For the past seven years Anderson has run the home and hospital, adult school and South Valley High School programs in the Ukiah Unified School District. Her salary is $94,922.

Sonoma County’s largest school district has yet to make hires for vacancies in the district attorney or chief technology officer positions. There are also principal vacancies at Monroe and Lincoln elementary schools.

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