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Meet Centerville Junior High School Principal, Walt Lewis
Posted 6/1/18

Walt LewisHow long have you been with FUSD? – This will be my first year with FUSD.


How long have you worked in education? - I’ve been an administrator for a total of 14 years in the Elementary School, Middle School, and District Office levels and now have over twenty years in education.


What is your background? - I started my career as a teacher at the elementary level. I received my undergraduate degree from CSU-Chico, and my teaching credential from CSU-East Bay.  My master’s degree in educational leadership is from UNC-Chapel Hill. Although I’m a California native, early in my career, my family and I moved to North Carolina.  After 11 years in NC, we moved back to California and we have lived in the Bay Area since 2007. 


What will you bring to your school? - My goal at Centerville is to help prepare every student on their journey toward college and career readiness.  We need to ensure every student has relevant, engaging, and meaningful lessons and are prepared for high school and beyond.


What is your educational philosophy? - Although academics are important, student success is dependent upon every student feeling connected and safe at school. I want to ensure every student knows they matter and they are valued. The junior high years are a time of exploration and I encourage students to try new things and get involved in the many clubs or sports available. Students that are involved in a school are more likely to feel connected and more likely to be successful.  


What can students/families expect this year? - I’m a firm believer that we need to provide time and support for every student to meet standards in all courses.  We will continue to grow our intervention program to not only meet the needs of our struggling students but students that may need extra challenges as well.  I encourage parents and guardians to get involved through the PTSA and by taking advantage of the many volunteer opportunities.  I encourage you to keep the lines of communication open with teachers, staff members, and administrators.