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Principal's Message

Greetings Panther students and families, 

I am excited to welcome you to the 21-22 school year.  It has been an honor to serve as the Newark Unified Principal of Alternative Education for the past four years. I look forward to celebrating my fifth year as your principal and my 26th year in high school education.  

As our district has communicated, we will be returning in-person for the 21-22 school year.  Safety and well-being will continue to be our highest priorities.  We know that we will work together as a Panther family to ensure everyone stays healthy and safe.  

It is a great source of pride for all of your Panther staff that we received our full school accreditation from WASC last school year.  We received a maximum six-year term that validates our mission, vision, and efforts.  WASC will return this winter to see how we've adapted to all the changes and will provide feedback on how we can best serve our students and families. 

I encourage all Panthers and their parents/guardians to be proactive.  Be productive in your classes and actively participate. Reach out to staff with questions and feedback.  Volunteer to take part in leadership opportunities.  Make the most of your Panther experience.   


Julie Calderón

Principal, Alternative Education 


About Principal Calderón

I am the proud eldest daughter of Peruvian immigrants. I was born in Oakland, CA and grew up in Hayward.  After graduating from San Lorenzo High School, I attended UC Berkeley where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Secondary English.  While working as a teacher In Hayward Unified, I earned a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco.  I worked as a teacher and assistant principal in San Lorenzo Unified. During that time, I also received my Administrative Services Credential from CSU East Bay.  I served as vice principal of Alternative Education for Pleasanton Unified before joining Newark Unified. 

In addition to my schooling, I have completed teacher training from the College Board in Advanced Placement Literature and Composition and participated in numerous seminars hosted by Facing History and Ourselves and The World as It Could Be Human Rights Education Program.  I was a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a seminar in the Renaissance at Columbia University. I completed the 2019 ACSA Special Education Academy. I look forward to pursuing my doctorate in education in the near future.  

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, taking dance classes, writing, cooking, and traveling. I am a longtime and current volunteer for Girls Inc. of Alameda County and the California Alumni Association. I serve as room parent at my daughter's school in San Lorenzo.