Whitfield Named New MCHS Assistant Principal

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The Mariposa County Unified School District has announced the Mariposa County High School Assistant Principal position has been filled by Kerry Whitfield.

Whitfield grew up on Long Island, New York and visited Yosemite National Park for the first time when she was 16. It was at that time she fell in love with the Gold Country and dreamed of one day living in Mariposa. She attended the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Adolescence Education with a Concentration in Earth Science and was a four-year starter on their NCAA D-II Softball team.

MCHS’ newly-hired Assistant Principal, Kerry Whitfield

Upon graduation, she worked for AmeriCorps, building hiking trails in Nevada. She later worked at the US Space and Rocket Center in Alabama and taught at the Sierra Outdoor School in Sonora, before officially stepping into the classroom. She began her teaching career with the New York City Department of Education at Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, Queens, where she was named the Lead Earth Science Teacher.

In 2013, she moved to the Central Valley to teach Earth Science at Gustine High School. During this time, she was named the Science Department Chair, member of the Instructional Leadership Team, and the Head Varsity Softball Coach. After earning her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Brandman University in 2019, she was hired as the Vice Principal at Waterford High School.

According to the press release from MCHS Principal Celeste Azevedo, Whitfield has a passion for working in education and her favorite part of the job is building relationships with the students, staff, and community. She is excited about remaining in the Southern Athletic League and finally being able to wear her Green Bay Packers attire without ridicule. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling with her husband. Both Kerry and her husband are excited to officially join the community and call Mariposa home. Kerry’s previous assistant principal experience and knowledge of the Southern League will be a great asset to MCUSD

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