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Meet our Administration

Thomas Domer, Principal


Hello Central Middle School Community,

My name is Thomas Domer and I am the Central Middle School Principal. CMS has a reputation for having the best students, teachers, and families in the Bay Area, and I am lucky to be a part of the CMS community.

My goal is to get to know every student personally so that I can best serve the community. I believe that working to develop personal connections is one of the most important aspects in education. I am particularly interested in engaging my efforts in a school with strong commitment to family and community involvement. Working to foster the potential of every student is a particular passion of mine.

I have been working in education for the past 16 years. I began my career at a middle school in San Francisco teaching English and history. I taught high school English in New York City and Burbank, California. I also briefly taught English at Sequoia High School.

More recently, I have been in Pleasanton as a Vice-Principal at a school of nearly 1200 students. There I was charged with curriculum and moving our school to full implementation of the new Common Core Standards. My job was to provide materials that kept teachers up-to-date on best teaching practices, research and programs. I also worked closely with other school administrators on ways to best support our students to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

I look forward to a great year ahead of me getting to know the CMS community. Please stop by my office to say hi whenever you get a chance.

Mindy Shelton, Assistant Principal

My name is Mindy Shelton and I am the Central Middle School Assistant Principal.  I’m excited to be part of the Central community and love working with the students, staff and families at the school.  I’m looking forward to getting to know you and working together to make Central a great place for students to learn and grow.

I began teaching at Central Elementary School in Belmont in 1995.  I taught kindergarten and then moved into fifth grade where I stayed for 10 years before moving to fifth grade at Nesbit School, also in Belmont.  Nesbit had been struggling at the time so we formed a leadership team of staff and parents and developed an improvement plan that focused on academic intervention, school climate and parent engagement.  Out of that came a new role called School Climate Facilitator, which I was excited to take on.  For four years, I worked with the Nesbit Community to build a character education program, teach conflict resolution skills, engage families, and build consensus among staff.

In 2010, the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District received a Healthy Schools Initiative Grant from the Sequoia Healthcare District, (the same grant San Carlos receives) and the Superintendent asked me to take my school climate work district-wide.  Over the last six years, I have worked to implement and improve health & wellness programs such as health education, PE, social-emotional learning and Safe Routes to School.  I was also a part of the strategic planning process and helped lead a team of district stakeholders through the process of instilling a growth mindset, creating a collaborative culture of learning, and promoting a capacity for innovation.  All of my experiences will carry over into my role at Central perfectly.

My husband Jeff and I live in Redwood Shores and have two boys.  My older son recently completed 8th grade at Ralston Middle School so I also understand the unique joys and challenges of middle school first hand.   I look forward to supporting our students, staff and families through those joys and challenges and getting to know all of you.  Please stop by and say hello and let me know if there’s anything I can do to help make your time at Central Middle School the best it can be.

 


Julie Jobak, Counselor

I’ve been the counselor at CMS since January 2002 and I also was a student at CMS many years ago. I feel extremely lucky to work in such a collaborate and positive environment. I focus on supporting students with academic and social emotional situations. I also provide college and career assistance. I work closely with the amazing teachers and administration to ensure students are being fully supported. My core beliefs are in growth mindset, mindfulness and solution focused counseling.

I received my Masters of Arts and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in Educational Counseling at San Jose State University.