Principal's Message June 2019

posted Jun 26, 2019, 10:13 AM by Vice President Communications   [ updated Jun 26, 2019, 10:13 AM by PFC Webmaster ]

Hello Lovely Walnut Acres Families,

I am checking in with you one last time to thank you for your kind and gracious farewells to me and to fill you in on crucial personnel updates. I so appreciate the notes, the hugs, the gifts, the good wishes and May’s memorable sing-out surprises! Please wave when you see me out riding my beautiful Walnut Acres-colored bike and know that while tending my garden I will be thinking of you all! My prayers and best wishes remain with our children, our staff, and our families.  

New Walnut Acres Principal

By now you probably know that Walnut Acres has a new educational leader - Ms. Lang Luong! Ms. Luong has been a vice-principal and interim principal in the San Leandro School District. She is also an experienced teacher; she has a wealth of experience teaching Reading and Writing Workshop. I have no doubt that this teaching practice will guide her facilitation of continually-enhanced Workshop rigor. It is also gratifying to report that Ms. Luong has served as Math Coach in her district. Her conceptual understanding of how to teach math and her experience guiding teachers will powerfully inform her skill at leading the Bridges Math implementation.

There will be a Pot Luck Open House to meet Ms. Lang Luong on Sunday, July 28, 2019starting at 4 p.m. hosted by teacher, Rebecca Cowles, at her home. The address is 5367 Meadow Wood Place, Concord. Bring a favorite treat and drink to share as you join the fun, meet the new principal, and show her Walnut Acres hospitality in action!

I am going to turn this principal message over to Ms. Luong, but first there are a few other important personnel updates…

New Walnut Acres 1st grade Teacher

I am happy to inform you that we have a 1st grade teacher joining us named Beth Beuchotte. She comes to us from Strandwood Elementary in Pleasant Hill, where she taught kindergarten. She is delighted to be at Walnut Acres. She is already at work bonding with her new colleagues to create their 1st grade professional learning team. Thanks to our gracious Workshop coach, Nicole Padoan, Mrs. Beuchotte will get introductory trainings to Reading and Writing Workshop in September and October. She will also participate in the August “Getting Started” Bridges training at our site. Beth is married and loves playing and coaching sports with her own 2 children. Prior to becoming a teacher she worked as a sales manager in the fashion industry in New York. We welcome Beth Beuchotte to Walnut Acres!

New Walnut Acres Librarian

We also have an experienced MDUSD librarian joining the Walnut Acres team. Her name is Deanna Nixon and she has served students in the district for over 20 years as librarian, teacher, and administrator. She will be coordinating the libraries at Mountain View and Walnut Acres this year. Mrs. Nixon looks forward to supporting an inviting reading environment at Walnut Acres, enhancing student-owned learning, and supporting Workshop rigor. She has not had previous Workshop collaborative opportunities with colleagues, but her own 2 children benefited from the approach in Orinda and she will participate in the fall training to prepare herself for the work.  

Seeking Noon Supervisors

There is also a Walnut Acres personnel need I would like to pass along to you. Walnut Acres is seeking 3 new noon supervisors for the 2019-20 school year. If you would like a job that allows you to observe your own children at lunch and recess, while supporting safety and problem-solving strategy practice for all our students, please consider this 7 ½ hour-a-week job. You will work from approximately 11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 4 or 5 days a week with some flexibility to your schedule. We also hope to develop a strong noon supervisor substitute list to enhance that flexibility. For more information please follow this link. You can apply on Edjoin.

And here is your new principal…

Dear Walnut Acres Community,

Hope your summer is off to a great start.  I am honored and excited to join the Walnut Acres Elementary School team as your Principal.  I have heard of many great things that are happening here and cannot wait to meet all of you. 

Previously, I served as a vice principal and an interim principal for three years in San Leandro.  Before becoming an administrator, I was a Response to Intervention Coordinator, a Math Coach, a science teacher, and a classroom teacher in various grade levels for 20 plus years in Union City, Lafayette, and Berkeley.  Currently, I live in Berkeley with my husband of 21 years. 

The best thing about being a principal is having the opportunities to interact with everybody and seeing our students thrive and enjoy learning. There is nothing that makes me happier than seeing beautiful smiles and witnessing acts of kindness!  In my spare time, I exercise at the gym, watch black and white classic movies, and dine out.  But, the best luxury is sleep. 

As we work together, I hope you will help me maintain our school to be a safe, pleasant, and caring community, where all are valued and provided the opportunity and support to be their best.  My door is always open.  So, please stop by to say hello. My first day on campus will be August 1.  I look forward to working with you and continuing to grow the excellence that is happening at Walnut Acres.  Have a fabulous summer.


Ms. Lang Luong