Principal and assistant principal share passion for language
Cali Calmécac Language Academy, a bilingual K-8 school on the west side of town, has new leadership.
Sharon Ferrer, who served in the Windsor Unified School District as a guidance counselor and assistant principal (at Cali), has been promoted to principal.
Lidia Teruel-Albert has joined Cali as assistant principal after serving in the same role for two years at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa.
In an interview at the Cali campus, Ferrer and Teruel-Albert laugh a lot. They complete each others’ sentences when asked questions and each nods and smiles when the other speaks.
Cali, founded in response to a growing number of Spanish-speaking students in the community, is committed to educating bilingual and biliterate students, who are confortable reading, writing and speaking in both Spanish and English.
Ferrer and Teruel-Albert say that bilingual education develops citizens of the world. “It brings everybody together at the same time and allows them to see many different points of view,” said Teruel-Albert. “The power of what happens here (at Cali) is the ability to see that there are a variety of ways to achieve things.”
“It’s the key to humanity,” Ferrer added, “understanding more than one language opens so many doors and helps you understand humankind. There’s more than one way to see the world.”
Each of the new Cali leaders have three children who have or are attending Cali, and both say they value the neighborhood school concept that keeps children and families together for up to nine years.
Both say they don’t want to stop with just English and Spanish. “It would be nice to have language electives, maybe German and French,” Ferrer said. “It would be a challenge, but it would be wonderful.”
Ferrer earned her bachelor’s degree with a double major in Hispanic literature and culture and in biology from Brown University. She earned her teacher certification from Michigan State University. She has a master’s degree in secondary school counseling from Sonoma State University, and most recently earned her administrative services credential.
Prior to becoming an administrator, Teruel-Albert was a world language department chair and Spanish instructor in Texas, and prior to that she taught English, Spanish and German in Texas, Vermont and Vienna. Her bachelor of arts degree is in modern languages from Universitat Jaume I, in Castellón de la Plana, Spain. Her master of education degree is in instructional leadership, school administration and supervision and is from the University of Houston in Texas.