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Lincoln High Vice-Principal Mike Maul promoted to principal

By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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For Lincoln native Mike Maul, life has come full-circle.

Maul, a student of Western Placer Unified School District schools from kindergarten to his high school junior year, was unanimously approved by the district’s board of trustees Tuesday as the new Lincoln High School principal. Formerly the vice-principal, Maul succeeds Jay Berns, whose contract recently was not renewed. Berns was recently hired as the Stonegate Elementary School principal in West Sacramento.

Maul said Tuesday night he was “very excited and a little bit nervous.”

“I want to thank the board,” Maul said. “I’m grateful for this opportunity and I will do my very best not to let you down.”

“It’s just a touch more responsibility,” Maul said. “Ultimately, as far as the site goes, I have no safety net. I’ll have to react to things a little more on the fly.”

Maul said he considers himself a Lincoln High School graduate, although his family moved to New York and he attended his senior year of high school there. Returning to Lincoln “has been an awesome experience,” Maul said.

“The school has grown since then but it still has the small high school feel,” Maul said. “It’s not small but it still has that feel. Substitutes love to teach at our school because we have great kids. We take care of each other in Lincoln.

“The kids like living here. The adults like living here. It’s a nice place to be,” Maul added. “And the kids reflect that.”

Maul said he will work with the school’s leadership team to identify and prioritize any potential changes at Lincoln High School.

“We’ll find things we really want to do and focus on them,” Maul said. “If there is change needed, we won’t shy away from it.”

Maul said every graduation is bittersweet and he has fond memories of the Class of 2018.

“You love to see the kids succeed and move on,” Maul said. “I remember the last football game against Colfax. That rivalry has ended and this class was the last to experience it. To have kids be a part of that 40-year friendly rivalry is special.”

Maul said he also appreciates the Class of 2018’s academic and athletic achievements.

Maul, vice-principal since 2011, started working at Lincoln High School in August 1998. He started as an English teacher and was the department chairman. Maul was also the head wrestling coach from 1998 to 2012 and an assistant varsity football coach from 1998 to 2010. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from State University New York, Stony Brook in 1996 and his master’s in educational leadership from California State University, East Bay in 2011.

Employees of the Year

Gregg Law of Foskett Ranch Elementary School and Sylvia Ward of Lincoln High School were named the 2018 Teachers of the Year Tuesday night at the Western Placer Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting.

School district Superintendent Scott Leaman also announced Tuesday night the district’s six classified employees of the year. Leaman said the classified employees of the year were selected and “recognized by their peers.”

The classified employees of the year, recognized by category, are Carol Cummings, child nutrition; James Houck, maintenance and operations; Tricia Shorkey, office and technical; Ashley Anthony, para-educator and instructional assistance; Gail Roberts, support services and security; and Scott Rowe, transportation. Shorkey was named overall classified employee of the year.

Retiring district employees

The district also recognized the retirement of 14 employees, five with more than 20 years of service. The retirees are Reuben Ayala, 37 years; Stacey Brown, 34 years; Esperanza Avalos, 34 years; Cheryl Harrison, 32 years; Mary Lou Resendes, 21 years; Janet Smith, 17 years; Markus Shawnee, 17 years; Lili Paddeck, 16 years; Kari O’Tool, 14 years; Sandra Christensen, 14 years; Donna Griesmer, 13 years; Julie Repec, 12 years; Vonnie McGinn, 12 years, and Mary Cullen, 12 years.

“People work in our district a long time and it’s wonderful,” Leaman said. “Then this thing called retirement comes along. I look forward to having ongoing relationships with (the retirees).”