Los Alamos Public Schools announced today that Davine Jones has accepted the position of principal at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.
“I am honored to become a part of the Barranca team,” Jones said. “My passion is giving back what was given to me – the opportunity for all students to receive the highest quality education, in a positive learning environment. I believe in we not me, shared leadership, and the power of public education. It takes a village to raise a child.”
Jones is moving to the area from California. She comes to Barranca Mesa with excellent recommendations from her current school district. She has a wide range of experience in education with an expertise in special education and school leadership.
“Davine is an outstanding candidate for Barranca principal,” Interim Superintendent Jennifer Guy. “She has a great deal of energy and passion for children. I am certain she will be a great principal for the Barranca Mesa students, staff and the Los Alamos community.”
Former Topper Freshman Academy principal Jill Gonzales will serve as acting principal until Jones relocates to the area by the end of August.
Jones has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology/linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley. She earned a master’s degree in special education from California State University, San Bernardino. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Phoenix, a principal/secondary program specialist for the Capistrano Unified School District, an assistant principal at Las Flores Middle School, and, most recently, principal of Palmyra Elementary School in the Orange Unified School District in California.
“I am looking forward to the upcoming school year,” Guy said. “We will introduce Mrs. Jones to the Barranca community at a meet and greet event soon.”