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Katie Hahn will lead Dunbar

By Tracy Salcedo

Dunbar Elementary School has a new interim principal with a familiar face. Katie Hahn, who has taught at the Glen Ellen school for seven years, will take the position following the appointment of Jillian Beall to a position at the Sonoma Valley Unified School District office.

In a press release announcing the appointment, Hahn said she “is so excited to be moving into this new role at Dunbar. During my last seven years, Dunbar has come to feel like home, and it’s truly an honor to continue to serve our amazing Dunbar community in this new capacity.”

“I am over the moon at this news,” said Jeanine Breslin, an instructional aide and campus supervisor at Dunbar. “Katie is the perfect choice! She is family and that’s what we need right now, a leader who is also Dunbar family.”

“Students, families and staff all have a connection with Katie,” said kindergarten teacher Mara Irvin. “She is well prepared for this position [and] is part of our Dunbar family.”

In her tenure at Dunbar Hahn has worked closely with students as a classroom teacher and an academic specialist. She has been an educator for 15 years, is bilingual, holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and earned her Administrative Credential from Sonoma State University in 2017.

“Ms. Hahn will bring a degree of consistency and energy to Dunbar during this transition,” said Superintendent Adrian Palazuelos in the news release. “Her roots in the community and experience as a teacher and leader are something the Dunbar community truly valued and shared with me. I have had the opportunity to observe these traits firsthand.”

Palazuelos promised a smooth transition when he told staff Beall would be leaving Dunbar to become director of educational services with an emphasis on student wellness and inclusion.

“I feel a sense of relief during a stressful time, a gratitude to the district office for listening to our needs and wishes, and hopeful expectations for what is next,” said Dawn Mc-Intyre, who teaches transitional kindergarten.

Fifth-grade teacher Brandy Melendy agreed with her colleagues, adding, “Katie understands and appreciates the momentum we have going now. Our families will find comfort in this as well during these uncertain times.”