Former Oakland assistant principal to take the reins 
A new face will be joining the Healdsburg Elementary School community, former Oakland assistant principal, Jeffrey Franey, who will be taking the reins as principal starting July 1.
The Healdsburg Unified School District made the announcement last week and Franey was given an official school welcoming at the May 9 Multicultural Day celebration at HES.
During the morning multicultural celebration Franey was presented with an HES T-shirt and was welcomed by students and staff. He also got to introduce several of the Multicultural Day performances.
“We are very excited to have such an impassioned and student-focused instructional leader as the new principal for the Healdsburg Elementary Campus,” said Healdsburg Unified School District Superintendent Chris Vanden Heuvel in a letter to the HES community.
Franey started his career in education in Oakland as a lead elementary school science teacher at Hoover Elementary School with the Oakland Unified School District.
Specializing in STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math), Franey took the lead in developing an elementary engineering program at three West Oakland schools.
He then made his way to the Parker School in Oakland where he was an assistant principal for the TK-8 school.
In 2016 he became principal at La Escuelita, another TK-8 Oakland school.
According to the letter, “Mr. Franey is known for his strong rapport with students and staff. In fact, you are more likely to find him in classrooms supporting teachers or on the playground interacting with students than in his office.”
While he won’t start until this summer Franey will be visiting the campus and the district on several occasions.

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