Mayor, Clayton, Calif.

Clayton’s “Do the Right Thing” program restarted in March 2021 giving select students from both Mt. Diablo Elementary and Diablo View Middle Schools the opportunity to be “officially” recognized by their teachers, Principals, and the City Council for achievements demonstrating leadership qualities in the seven-character traits: Integrity, Responsibility, Courage, Kindness, Self-Discipline, Respect, and Inclusion.
Students are selected for recognition by their teachers and Principals and are honored at a City Council meeting with a certificate signed by all Council Members.
While most of the 2020/2021 school year was virtual, and both school Principals new to their positions, they were excited to help revive the program to give some incentive to their students during the pandemic.
I thought that it would be nice for our community to hear from each of our new Principals as they gear-up for their first full, in-person, school year.

From Mt. Diablo Elementary, Ms. Katie Sanchez:
“I grew up in this area and attended Pleasant Hill Elementary, Sequoia Middle and Acalanes High School. I grew up an athlete, playing soccer, softball, and swimming on the Bonnie Brae Swim Team, as well as trying to play basketball. I am an avid shopper and I love being outside and enjoy going to local venues for sports and concerts. My family and I reside in Martinez.
“I have two young sons, Kyle (7) going into 2nd grade, and Dylan (5) going into Kindergarten. We also have a dog named Max. They certainly keep my husband and I on our toes!
“I have been the Vice Principal at Martinez Junior High School and prior to that, an elementary school teacher for 8-years, teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. My heart is really in elementary school, and I am over the moon to be here!”

Now, Mr. Peter Fong from Diablo Valley Middle School:
“I am a proud Bay Area native. Born in Berkeley, lived briefly in Oakland, but ultimately raised in Moraga, CA for most of my life. I graduated from Campolindo High School and attended college at UC Davis and St. Mary’s College, CA.
“I have been a career educator for over 28 years. I was a teacher for 15 years and have been a principal for 13.
“Almost two years ago my family (wife and 4 kids) relocated to the Clayton Valley Highlands. When the Principalship at DVMS opened, it provided me with the rare and exciting opportunity to work in and serve my local community.”

Clayton is incredibly lucky to have such dedicated educators in our community. We welcome them both and wish them well as they teach our students to do the right thing!