Photos and Article by Robert Merrick
After several rocky months of digital learning, Santa Rosa High School is back on campus with several new staff members including two new assistant principals and a “new” vice principal. Isaac Estrada is the first of the new team members and is taking on the role of assistant principal after one year of teaching at Gilroy unified, a k-12 school near San-Diego. Estrada began his teaching career in 2000 at Memorial academy where he taught Spanish and advanced Spanish at a high school level. However, Estrada’s administrative career would begin in 2004 when he transferred to Poway Unified School as the school’s assistant principal. Estrada is an avid cyclist and frequently rides 160 miles a week, including rides to and around school.
One of the many things that Estrada wanted to accomplish this year was getting to know every staff member. One of the staff members he should definitely start with is Greg Houser. Both of them started teaching at a similar time and by teaching Spanish, which makes them both bilingual while also both sharing an interest in exercise. Houser is the acting assistant principal; he is taking the place of Aaron Harkey until he returns from leave. Houser grew up in “a small town, Galesburg, Illinois. In the midwest, and I went to a college in Iowa in a small liberal arts college, [where] I majored in psychology and Spanish.” Houser started his career in Texas where he taught bi-lingual first grade. Alongside cycling Houser also enjoys watching Netflix when he is not working.
The third new administration faculty member is Andy Lieberman, who has transferred from Elsie Allen High School. Lieberman is the school’s vice principal and this is his first year at Santa Rosa High School. Lieberman actually started in the private sector as a manager for the visitor center at Corvalle, before he would become a counselor and then finally ending up as an administrator. Lieberman grew up in Santa Rosa before moving to Annapolis. While sad to see some of the old administrators go, it is important to remember that the staff we have are strong and dedicated to constantly trying to make our school a better place.