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Q & A with interim Principal Jennifer Gaviola


A need for a Crimson photo ended in a student surrounding. Gaviola’s request to be in a photo with her students. Check out Gaviola’s Q&A below.

“Ms. Jennifer Gaviola is an amazing young lady,” Chemistry and Physics teacher Mark Fairbank said. While Fairbank didn’t have Gaviola as a student, he still remembers when she attended PRHS and graduated in 1992. “I can remember when she went to school here. She is very upbeat, very enthusiastic, has a contagious personality, and works very very hard. I am very pleased with her as a principal. What she has accomplished is tremendous” Fairbank said. Here are some facts about our intern principal, Jennifer Gaviola.


Q&AQ: What’s your favorite memory from when you attended PRHS?

A: “My favorite memory is junior year, playing basketball for coach Schimke. He was our coach and we made it to the semifinals CIF round. It was just an amazing team and a great opportunity.”

Q: Who was your favorite teacher?

A: “Mr. Monteith, who was a math and leadership teacher.”

Q: What was your job before you were an interim?

A: “Currently my other job for the district is secondary educations, so that means I support all the middle and high school, so I still have that job and I’m doing both. But before I moved back to Paso Robles I was the director of all special education programs at Fresno Unified and that would have been for a district with 75,000 students.”

Q: What are you duties as an interim?

A: “As an interim principal, I run the school and do everything a principal would but have the secondary duty of a hiring manager for the new principal too.”

Q: What’s your favorite part of your position?

A: “Being in classrooms with kids. It is the best part of my day everyday.”

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?

A: “I think the most rewarding part of my job would be working with the teachers. We have amazing teachers, I’ve never seen such dedicated, positive people, and so then I can actually help them and I’ll get an email from them or they’ll tell me ‘thank you for doing this. I feel supported.'”

Q: Do you enjoy your current position?

A: “I love it. I absolutely love it. Of course it’s stressful having both jobs, but I couldn’t ask for a better second job than to be here on this campus. It’s the best place to be.”

Q: What’s the hardest part of your job?

A: “I think right now the hardest part of my job is for me personally is balancing both jobs, but really, as a principal, is to make sure you make the time to be in classrooms and with students and teachers, because your day could be filled up with all the other principal duties, and if you lose sight of what we’re really here for, which is students and teachers, then that is obviously not good. So it’s really that balance of being in classrooms with kids and teachers as well as getting the school run.”


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