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Cindy Hicks-Rodriguez, Principal

I am excited to be joining the wonderful staff, students, and parents at Horner JHS.  I wanted to provide you with some background information about me and I encourage you to contact me anytime with questions, concerns and success stories.  The best way to reach me expeditiously is through email as I am not usually at my desk during the school day.   I pride myself on being out and about on the campus supporting teachers, staff, and students.

My motto this year is "Teamwork makes the dream work" and I am excited to work with each and every one of you to make a difference in the lives of our students at Horner.  I look forward to meeting each of you and collaborating towards excellence!

Principal's goals in working with parents - 

  • Believe in and support parents through building collaborative relationships 

  •  Assist with the implementation of school improvement endeavors that benefit students

  •  Make the parents and community feel welcome and a part of the school

  •  Promote positive relationships between home and school that achieve mutual goals 

  •  Keep parents informed on school programs, problems, needs, and successes

  • Encourage parents to attend school-wide events and meetings for the success of the student

  • Solicit continuous feedback from parents about school improvements

Principal's background/beliefs-

  • 23 years of administrative experience at Elementary, Middle and High School

  • Possesses BA/MA/Admin credential & Minors in Health/Theatre Arts/Speech/Debate

  • 11 years of teaching experience in middle and high school 

  • Subjects taught: PE; Health; Science; ASB; Leadership; Student Government

  • Served as a Coach/Teacher/New teacher mentor/New Principal Mentor/Dept Chair

  • 2016 Elementary Principal of the Year for Alameda County

  • 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee (Arcata High School)

  • 1997 California League of Middle Schools Educator of the Year- Santa Clara County

  • Golden Bell Award winner with the California Department of Education in Physical Education

  • Demonstration Grant Program for Physical Education with the California Department of Education

  • Served on several FUSD district advisory/leadership committees

  • 2019 PLC Model School Principal - Brookvale Elementary

  • Served on the negotiations team for FUSD for 4 years

  • Committed to excellence for both teachers and students

  • Well versed in curriculum and instruction as well as data analysis and school improvement initiatives

  • Presented at multiple professional conferences throughout California

  • Deeply committed to supporting the social/emotional and academic needs of students

  • Believes in open and honest communication between all school stakeholders 

  • Passionate about education and about being a lifelong learner

Have a wonderful day!

Cindy Hicks-Rodriguez, Principal

chicks-rodriguez@fusdk12.net