Cheryl Biagi comes full circle as Wilson Junior High principal

August 28, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

When Cheryl Biagi recently accepted the position of principal at Wilson Junior High School in El Centro, it was as if her career in education in the Imperial Valley had come full circle.

One of Biagi's first teaching positions when she came to Imperial Valley in the early 1970s was at this very school.

Biagi, 57, has since taught at Calexico's Aurora High School and served as principal at Brawley's Desert Valley High School, Brawley Union High School, Imperial High School, two schools in Northern California and, most recently, at El Centro's McKinley Elementary School.

"I have had the opportunity to be employed in four school districts, so I can say from experience that the El Centro Elementary School District is the most organized, the most progressive and the most goal-oriented district in which I have had the opportunity to work," Biagi said.


"When (Superintendent) Dr. Klentschy asked me to transfer to Wilson I was distressed because of the wonderful year I was completing at McKinley Elementary School," Biagi said.

"The staff, the parents and the students of McKinley were so extraordinary that I was really hesitant to tell him I would go, but I work for the district and agreed. I have found, so far, that the staff, parents and students of Wilson are equally as remarkable," Biagi said.

Biagi is enthusiastic about the upcoming year.

"I am looking forward to being the principal that can take this great school to the next level. (Former Principal) JoAnn Julian was an exceptional principal and walking in her footsteps will take some big shoes," Biagi said.

The staff at Wilson, though still getting to know Biagi, had nothing but good things to say about her.

"So far I've found her to be very knowledgeable about working with the staff and her managerial skills are tops. I think we're going to have a very good year under her leadership," said Wilson Assistant Principal Diana Rooney.

Language arts teacher Epi Torres described Biagi as "focused" and "a strong leader."

Fellow language arts teacher Michael White said, "It's always exciting to have a new principal and we're very much looking forward as a faculty toward continuing to serve the needs of the community."

Biagi earned her bachelor's degree in education from California State University, Sacramento and her master's in administration from the University of San Francisco.

Biagi and her husband, Don, live in Brawley, where he teaches at Brawley Union High School. They have two children, Monica and Kevin. Monica, like her parents, has gone into education and teaches at Phil D. Swing Elementary School in Brawley. Kevin works for the Imperial Irrigation District.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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