New Principal Announcement
Dear Members of the Presentation Community,
It is with great pleasure that I announce Kristina Luscher has been named the next Principal of Presentation High School, effective July 1, 2022.
Kristina joins us from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose where she has served in various roles for 22 years, and as principal for the last seven, during which time she has led the school through several phases of transformation. Kristina also made history during her time at Bellarmine, as the first female principal in the school’s 170-year history.
Kristina is drawn to Presentation’s vision of developing fearless and faithful leaders determined to serve the world, and brings an understanding and enthusiasm for female leadership, the Catholic mission and the unique charism of the Sisters of the Presentation. Her passion for education and Catholic school leadership has seen her serve in a variety of roles over the past 25 years: notably as an English teacher, Dean of Faculty, Assistant Principal and Principal. She also has a deep personal connection to our school as the proud parent of two Presentation graduates. As a child, she attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School in San Jose, which was then run by the Sisters of the Presentation.
Letter from Kristina
Dear Presentation Community:
I am so excited to be called to serve as Presentation High School’s next principal.
Throughout the interview process, I’ve had an opportunity to experience the strength, dedication, and joy of the Presentation community. My conversations with the Presentation Sisters, students, parents, board members and school employees, have made it clear that the school’s motto, “Not Words, But Deeds” lies at the core of the Pres experience.
As a parent of two recent Presentation graduates, I have witnessed the ways in which a Presentation education prepares young women for the changing world in which we live. Presentation graduates use their faith and the inspiration found in the Gospels to be a light in the world for those who are marginalized; they strive for excellence in all that they do, and they do so with a strength that is inspiring.
As principal, I am committed to ensuring that the Presentation experience continues to be an excellent one for students and faculty alike. It is essential that we continue to grow as a community to support all students in and outside the classroom. I am eager to start collaborating with the faculty and staff on this important work.
A big year awaits, as we celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary and forge a new path for Pres that best reflects its mission and values and ensures the best possible educational experience for students. I look forward to partnering with President Holly Elkins, school leadership and the Board as we begin an exciting new chapter, and I’m especially looking forward to connecting with the faculty, staff, students, parents, alumnae and the broader Pres family as I begin this journey. I feel deeply blessed to be given this opportunity to lead and be of service in such a special, caring community.
It’s a great day to be a Panther!
Kristina holds a Harvard Business School and Graduate School of Education Certificate in School Management and Leadership, along with a master’s degree in Education from Stanford University, a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Santa Clara University and a bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA. Kristina and her husband, Larry, live in Willow Glen with their daughters, Madeline '19 and Hannah '21.
PROCESS AND RECRUITMENT
The process of identifying Presentation's next principal will be inclusive, thoughtful and thorough, guided by our unique all-girls, Catholic mission, vision and values, and informed by input from a broad cross-section of the community. We are forming a search committee to guide the process and we have retained Carney, Sandoe and Associates (CS&A) to partner with us in this national search to find the most qualified and diverse slate of candidates as possible. Our CS&A team knows our school and understands our unique mission well, as they were also our partner for the President search.
As we work to finalize plans for the selection of our next Principal, we will keep you informed of key developments along the way. Throughout the process, we will balance the desire for transparency with the need for confidentiality inherent in any high-level search, and we appreciate your understanding in this regard. Please stay tuned for periodic updates.
Presentation employs a President/Principal leadership model. In this powerful model, executive functions are elegantly aligned around two distinct leadership profiles: the outward-facing entrepreneur and institution-builder (President,) and the inward-facing academician and champion of teaching, learning, student experience and wellness (Principal).
When done right, this collaborative model allows the President and her team to focus on external affairs and business aspects of the school including fundraising, financial management, HR, facilities and tech operations, along with long-term strategic planning. With these large initiatives cared for, it allows the Principal to focus on the two critical groups that make a school a school: teachers and students. The Principal reports to the President and as such, the President has indirect responsibility for the overall educational program and student experience.
Presentation is initiating our principal search this year. Presentation's new principal must have a strong student-first perspective and a deliberate and intentional commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This perspective also includes thoughtful care and empathy for teachers to support them to help students succeed.
An ideal candidate for this position will actively express the Catholic faith in their personal life and in our community, fully integrating the Presentation High School charism across all student programs, in collaboration with all community members.
Read Our Principal Position Paper
This in-depth position paper describes Presentation’s vision and priorities for our new Principal.
Community input is integral to the search process. We thank those who participated in the CS&A survey to share their perspective on critical qualities or characteristics the principal should have, and areas of focus that are most important to our school mission.
We are grateful for your involvement and the survey results will be presented to the search committee as part of the candidate assessment criteria.
Stacey Teague '85 Stebbins P'21
- Committee Chair
- Vice Principal of Student Affairs
- Alumna Parent
Mary Clare Bernal ‘10
- Faculty Member
- Director of Catholic Identity
- Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Faculty Member
Dawn Guerreiro '90 McCale P'18
- Board Member
- Alumnae Parent
Cara Pryor '02
- Board Member
- Director of Admissions
*P'XX is an indication of a Presentation parent and displays the corresponding year that their daughter(s) graduated.
- Stacey Teague '85 Stebbins P'21, Committee Chair
- Mary Clare Bernal ‘10
- Eric Buell
- Crystal Catalan
- Sean Donoho
- Dawn Guerreiro '90 McCale P'18
- Cara Pryor '02
- Lindsay Velez
Presentation Launches Search
The position will be nationally publicized by Carney Sandoe and Associates and to the extended school community.
Candidates will submit their resume, cover letter and additional materials directly to Carney Sandoe and Associates.
Semi-Finalists Identified and Interviewed
Using criteria gathered from our Community Survey, the Search Committee will review applicants, interview prospective candidates, and narrow the finalists.
Search Committee Selects Finalists to Interview
Finalists will be interviewed and visit campus.
New Principal is Hired
The President will make the hiring decision on the selected candidate.
New Principal Begins
The new Principal will begin July 2022.