Administrators' Greetings

  • Principal's Welcome

    April Holland I’m so excited to be back at Oceana as principal. It’s been quite a journey.  For 23 years, I taught middle school language arts and theater to students from SF’s Bay View/Hunter’s Point.  I joined Oceana’s parent organization when my oldest daughter began high school in 2001 and remained an active parent participant while all three of my girls attended high school here. In 2007, I had the privilege of joining the Oceana staff as vice principal.  I loved all 6 years. I gained perspective working as an administrator for a combined five years at Westmoor High School and Westborough Middle School.  Along the way, I completed a 70-hour administrative training in special education. Now, I’m thrilled to return to Oceana as principal

    I am so fortunate to be working shoulder to shoulder with a stellar staff as we commit tothe cycle of inquiry as a community of lifelong learners and shared decision makers.  I am excited to continue the Oceana philosophy and trademark programs focusing on personalization including 9/10 houses and grade level and interest based advisories; the week-long dive into guided intensive interim experiences; community service- so students can get out and give back; deep, rich inquiry-based learning through our exhibitions including our award winning capstone senior exhibition.

    I look forward to working with you. We work best when we work together!

    April Holland, Principal

     


    Vice Principal's Welcome

     

    Hello All - I am so excited about my new role at Oceana High School. I am the vice principal for the 11th and 12th graders. I am also the test coordinator and work on the master schedule. My career started at Oceana High School in 2011 as an intern. I have a deep knowledge and respect for Oceana's social justice based curriculum. I am very dedicated to Oceana’s curriculum, mission, and school-wide outcomes. I have, also, found Oceana to be an exceptional school with the most amazing, creative, and motivated staff.Maritza Torres

    Raised in the East Bay, I come from a large family of 5 siblings who I am very close to and (virtually) see often. I have two beautiful children and a wonderful partner who takes care of them. My father was the financial aid director of our local community college and my mother was a site supervisor for a Head Start. In the city of Pittsburg, California, I attended elementary, middle, and high school. I earned my Bachelors of Art in Political Science and my Masters of Science in Counseling with a Specialization in School Counseling at San Francisco State University. I enjoy spending time with my family as often as possible.


    I am delighted to support the Oceana community in my new role. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

    Maritza Torres, Vice Principal

     


    Vice Principal's Welcome

     

    Greetings Oceana students and families,


    I am delighted to be a part of this motivated, caring, and supportive community! As Vice Principal, I am dedicated to supporting students and their families in navigating the new and unfamiliar challenges of early high school. If you or your student would benefit from help building good habits, developing executive function skills, or just a chat, please reach out to me! In addition to assisting 9th and 10th graders acclimate to Oceana, I work closely with the teams that manage ASB, athletics, attendance, behavior management, campus safety, among others. Through this work, I am able to pursue my goal of offering every student the opportunity to grow, learn, and thrive in this rigorous, close-knit community.


    Prior to Oceana, I spent 6 years at Woodside Middle School where I served as a Spanish teacher, co-president of the district’s union, and 6th grade Dean. Prior to Woodside, I spent 6 years teaching Spanish language and Spanish for Heritage Speakers at two different school sites: Burton High School in San Francisco, and Summit Charter Prep in Redwood City. I was a double Spanish and Political Science major at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C. In case you were wondering, Stephan Curry unfortunately didn’t get a chance to meet me while I was there. After college, I held two other careers (a Director of Youth Programming in MN, and later an insurance Risk Researcher in Washington, D.C.) before earning my Master's in Education from Stanford and becoming a teacher. I also earned a Master’s in Administration from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 2019, which allowed me to take on the role of Vice Principal at Oceana.


    I’m looking forward to working with you, and please reach out as needed. We work best when we work together!


    Bjorn Wickstrom, Vice Principal

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