This coming school year, Santa Rosa High School will be losing its beloved vice principal, Monica Baldenegro. Ms. Baldenegro, who has worked at SRHS since 2006, will be taking on an administrative role at a small 7th to 12th grade school in Calistoga. However, even with her departure, Ms. Baldenegro’s legacy will always be deeply ingrained in the hearts of all SRHS students and staff.
This change has been very emotional for everyone involved. In her eleven years at SRHS, Ms. Baldenegro has learned to bleed orange and black. She’s consistently participated in school events and her children grew up roaming the halls of SRHS.
Though Ms. Baldenegro’s departure may be sudden, she believes that it will be a good opportunity for her. When asked about her feelings on the matter, Baldenegro stated, “I feel like it’s like when you go away to college; you miss home, but you know you’re going to learn something.”
In her new position, Baldenegro will have the opportunity to work as an administrator at a much smaller school. Though the school encompasses 7th to 12th graders, the Calistoga school district only has five administrators. The smaller size of this school will likely mean fewer hours spent on-site. With two young children at home this change of pacewill surely be welcome. This will be a major change for Baldenegro, who has worked at both Piner High School and Santa Rosa HIgh School in the past.
It’s not easy starting over in an entirely new environment. On the more emotional side, Baldenegro feels as if she is leaving her home. “I never thought I’d leave. I love SRHS. I love the students, the staff, and the spirit. I’m just sorry that I couldn’t address the student community directly.”
However, even with her parting, Ms. Baldenegro still plans to be an active member of the SRHS community. “I’ll still go to the football games, and now that I’m not an administrator, I can join the foundation! I want to be able to help whenever I can.”
In a bittersweet farewell to SRHS, Ms. Baldenegro says, “Thank you to SRHS for being incredibly supportive and overall awesome.” Students and staff alike will remember Baldenegro for her never-faltering smile and her perpetually cheery demeanor.