A Bay Area educator has been named the new principal of Templeton High School, filling the position Andrew Cherry leaves this month after announcing plans earlier this year to resign at the end of the school year to spend more time with family.
Kari Fisher-Gibson was hired by the Templeton Unified School District’s board of directors at its May 28 meeting. She was chosen after an extensive interview process by the parents, students, staff and faculty, according to a district announcement released Friday.
Fisher-Gibson was previously the executive director of educational services at Antioch Unified School District since 2011.
There, she led the transition to the new California teaching standards and was responsible for developing grade 9 through 12 curriculum.
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Prior to that, she served as principal of Vacaville High School.
Fisher-Gibson graduated in 1980 from Chapman College with a degree in psychology. She earned a master's degree in educational management from the University of La Verne in 1997 and a doctoral degree inorganizational leadership from the same institution in 2004, according to the district’s announcement.
On Thursday, Cherry told The Tribune that his new private sector job will be with the San Luis Obispo fitness company Movement for Life.
He will serve as its director of employee education and organizational development.
In March, Cherry said that he struggled with the decision about his upcoming departure after working with the small North County school district for a decade but ultimately decided he needed less of a time commitment.
"High school principal jobs are a lot of hours a week, and my kids have a lot of things going on outside of school — and I have to miss a lot of them. And I don't want to miss those things,” he previously said. "It's a very tough decision to make — it's like my second family here. But you can't get that time back with your kids."