New Park View prin­ci­pal wants to make her pre­de­ces­sor ‘proud’

Manteca Bulletin - - Front Page - By VINCE REMBULAT

The first day of school was an event­ful one for Eva Matthews.

She’s the new prin­ci­pal at Park View El­e­men­tary School, tak­ing over the reins from the since re­tired Mona Og­den.

Matthews, who spent two years as prin­ci­pal at a small school dis­trict in the San Gabriel Val­ley, cred­its her pre­de­ces­sor for her show­ing her ropes. This in­cludes Park View’s rich aca­demic his­tory and tra­di­tional ex­cel­lence.

“Mona has been amaz­ing,” she said. “I’m

so in­debted to her – I have some big shoes to fill.”

Matthews is from South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, grow­ing up in the Long Beach com­mu­nity of Bel­mont Shore, at­tend­ing col­lege at Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity, Long Beach.

A flu­ent Span­ish speaker, she’s been in TK (Tran­si­tional Kinder­garten) through eighth­grade ed­u­ca­tion for over 15 years, spend­ing 14 of those years in the class­room. Matthews has worked as an English Lan­guage Devel­op­ment coach and the Com­mon Core, which is a set of high-qual­ity aca­demic stan­dards in math and English lan­guage arts / lit­er­acy.

She en­joyed her pre­vi­ous work but the need to be near fam­ily took her to the Cen­tral Val­ley.

“My hus­band is from Liver­more so we wanted to be close by,” said Matthews, who is also a mother of two young chil­dren – a three-year old and six-month old.

The fam­ily has made Ripon their home. They’re eas­ing into the com­mu­nity while get­ting to know the folks. Ditto that for Park View. “I want to ob­serve how things are done here,” Matthews said. “This is a top-notch school with a great par­ents and kids. “I want to im­merse my­self in the cul­ture.” This in­cludes build­ing of re­la­tion­ships at this K-8 school site with an en­roll­ment hov­er­ing at around 460.

Matthews is sur­rounded with a cer­tifi­cated staff of 26, in­clud­ing 18 new faces.

“I’m blessed with the sup­port staff,” she said, cred­it­ing them for mak­ing Park View a welloiled ma­chine.

Matthews in­di­cated she in­her­ited that welloiled ma­chine from the pre­vi­ous prin­ci­pal. “I want to make Mona proud,” she said. From the first day of school, Matthews was ex­cited about her new en­deavor, get­ting to know the Par­ent-Fac­ulty Club while look­ing for­ward to the fundrais­ing Back to School Bash sched­uled Satur­day, Sept. 23, from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Bell Fam­ily res­i­dence.

Cost is $35 per per­son for din­ner and live entertainment.

Matthews

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