The new superintendent of the Cayucos Elementary School District made a point of learning the names of each of the 622 students at the last school where she worked in Santa Barbara.
Anne E. Hubbard, 48, soon will be acquainting herself with a new group of 230 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Hubbard replaces Jim Brescia, who will become the county superintendent of schools at the start of next year.
Hubbard began her new position in Cayucos on July 1 after being selected from a pool of 47 applicants. She’ll earn a salary of $125,000 per year plus benefits.
Hubbard last served as principal at Washington Elementary School in Santa Barbara for two years and was an assistant principal at Lewis Middle School in Paso Robles in 2010-11.
The San Jose native, who also has worked in Bay Area schools, resides in Paso Robles.
Hubbard has 20 years of teaching experience. She attended Cal Poly’s master’s program in educational leadership and earned her bachelor’s in communication studies at UC Santa Barbara, where she also received her teaching credential.
Her administrative duties at Cayucos include overseeing a budget of more than $2.5 million.
“Cayucos has a great mix of students with a lot of parent and community involvement,” Hubbard said. “I plan to put my focus on the students.”
The County Office of Education conducted the search for the new superintendent.
County superintendent of schools Julian Crocker said that Hubbard skillfully led Washington Elementary, a school with a mixture of children from affluent families and a large English language learner population.
She was able to relate well to parents and students throughout the school to address their needs, Crocker said.
Hubbard speaks limited Spanish and relied on bilingual staff to make sure she communicated well with Spanish-speaking parents. She plans to continue to learn more Spanish, she said.
“She’s very bright, very intelligent,” Crocker said. “When we visited Washington Elementary, she clearly knew every student and their situations.”
At Cayucos, Hubbard is being thrust into the discussion about whether graduating eighth graders should transfer to Morro Bay High School, or continue to transition to Coast Union High School in Cambria.
Parents of Cayucos students unsuccessfully petitioned the County Committee on School District Organization to transfer to Morro Bay.
Despite the denial, Crocker hopes a voluntary agreement can be reached on the issue.
That may be accomplished with several changes in leadership. Hubbard took the helm at Cayucos, Brescia will lead the county office next year, and Victoria Schumacher assumed the new superintendent position at Coast Unified School District on July 1.
“I’m educating myself on all sides of issues,” Hubbard said. “I see a lot of opportunity in working with the new superintendents. I’ve been asking about it and getting different perspectives.”