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Beach Elementary Principal, Anne Valva

Beach Elementary School will turn to a familiar face to serve as its next principal as the Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education named Anne Valva to the position at its August 24 meeting. Valva will replace former Beach Principal, Michael Corritone, who resigned earlier this month to accept another elementary school principal position.

“I am thrilled to continue serving the Beach community in this new role,” Valva said. “Beach and PUSD have been my home for over a decade and I am grateful for the opportunity to grow and expand my support of students as principal.”

“Ms. Valva has been a longtime fixture of the Beach Elementary community and we are excited to see her outstanding work continue now as an administrator,” added PUSD Interim Superintendent, Dr. Donald Evans. “She comes highly recommended from fellow staff and families and I look forward to watching her build on an already thriving school community.”

Valva brings over 30 years of experience in education as a teacher, advisor, and Math Intervention Specialist. After earning a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA, Valva started her teaching career with the Etiwanda School District in southern California in 1990. Adding a Master’s degree from UC-Riverside in 1995, she later spent time with the Mt. Diablo and Oakland Unified School Districts as a Middle School Core Teacher and a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA). Valva joined PUSD in 2011 as a 5th-grade teacher at Havens Elementary before moving to Beach Elementary in 2013, serving four years as a 5th-grade teacher and the past five years as the school’s Math Intervention Specialist.

Besides working directly with students toward successful outcomes, Valva has served Beach in a variety of roles including the school’s Leadership and Response to Intervention Teams, and has worked at the elementary school and District-level to analyze and interpret assessment data and assist fellow teachers in implementing classroom curriculum. She is also a sought-after speaker, serving as a Guest Lecturer on Math Intervention practices at UC-Berkeley, and recently presented at UC-Berkeley’s School Psychologist Fall Conference.

“I believe that collaboration and clear communication are essential for a successful school,” Valva explained. “I’m honored to be able to serve as Principal after working in so many roles at Beach and am excited to be a part of this community of educators and families. Together we will help all of our students learn and grow.”