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
I am thrilled to be returning to Oceana this year as a vice-principal. Before attaining my administrative credential, I was a middle school and high school teacher.
Over the course of fifteen years, I taught English, History and Speech/Debate. All my teaching experience has been in San Francisco and San Mateo counties, and I’ve taught students at all levels from developmental reading to Advanced Placement English. I have an M.A. in English from Rutgers University and a B.A. in American Government with a minor in Women’s Studies from Georgetown University. I am passionate about equity in education. In 2008, I helped launch the Pacifica Education Foundation and was its first president. I am also the mother of two teenagers, two cats, a bearded dragon, a grey-banded kingsnake and an angelfish. I’m very lucky to have a husband who supports me as I work long hours, and who tolerates my growing menagerie. Back in the days when I had free time, I enjoyed reading novels, hiking, lifting weights, baking and listening to live music. I still try to engage in these activities when I get the chance! I am the 504 plan coordinator at Oceana and deal primarily with supporting our ninth and tenth graders. Please feel free to reach out to me with questions. I look forward to working with you to ensure the best possible educational experience for all of our students at Oceana.
Jeanne Bellinger, Vice Principal