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MHUSD Welcomes New Interim Director of Special Education


CONTACT: Kimberly Beare, 408-201-6024

PRESS RELEASE— July 19, 2017 — Morgan Hill Unified School District congratulates Jenna Mittleman on her new position of Interim Director of Special Education. Mrs. Mittleman is filling the position left by previous director, Rose DuMond.

Ms. Mittleman is eager and excited to move into this new role to continue supporting student learning. “The Los Paseos staff, certificated and classified, are united with a strong vision of supporting students. The staff make me proud through their dedication to serve and I know they will continue to flourish under new leadership,” said Mittleman of her former school. “I am thankful to have served at Los Paseos and am looking forward to this new opportunity within MHUSD to follow my passion for helping all students to be successful in their academic pursuits.”

Jenna began her career in Morgan Hill Unified School District as a teacher in 2002. She has served as the Principal of Los Paseos for the past four years, focusing on quality first instruction, spearheading the Student Study Team (SST) processes to include data-driven interventions and enrichment, creating inclusion opportunities for Special Education students, including those in the therapeutic day program, and implementing multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) as a knowledge-development site for the county.

“This vacancy arose outside of the typical hiring season, and we are lucky enough to have a myriad of well-qualified candidates in our district who were willing to step into this role on short notice,” said Superintendent Steve Betando. “Ms. Mittleman has been an enormous asset to Los Paseos, and although it is always a tough decision to pull a hugely successful principal from a school site, her dynamic leadership skills and dedication to putting student needs first will serve our Special Education Department well.”

The Interim Director’s position will be held for a full year giving Mrs. Mittleman ample time to settle in and give the staff and parents confidence in continuing with the same leadership with the hope of avoiding any changes mid-year.