SRVUSD: New principals to serve at Iron Horse, Creekside schools

Demetrius Ball to helm Iron Horse; Alice Tumilty moves into Creekside

With the new school year on the horizon, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District recently announced that Iron Horse Middle School and Creekside Elementary School will have new principals to lead the campuses.

For the 2019-20 school year, Demetrius Ball will take over responsibilities as the new principal at Iron Horse Middle School in San Ramon, while Alice Tumilty will do the same at Danville’s Creekside Elementary School.

A rising star in the SRVUSD, Ball joined the district in 2017 to work as the assistant principal at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon. Before moving over to San Ramon, he served as the assistant head of school at Vincent Academy in Oakland and a middle/high school social studies teacher in Howard County Public Schools, Mary., Baltimore City Public Schools and the Tracy Unified School District.

Ball is also a military veteran who led deployments in Iraq and Kuwait as a captain of field artillery for the U.S. Army.

“His goal as principal is to develop strong accountability systems, communicate a clear vision for student learning, and build and maintain strong relationships with students, staff and his school community,” SRVUSD spokesperson Elizabeth Graswich said in a statement.

“He believes all students can learn at high levels and will strive to ensure that Iron Horse Middle School builds upon its many successes and continues to thrive as a strong, student-centered learning community,” she added.

Some individuals in the SRVUSD may already be familiar with Ball through his podcast the “Power in the Valley Podcast,” where he interviews well known officials in the San Ramon Valley such as San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson, former SRVUSD board member Denise Jennison and Kathy Chiverton, executive director of the Discovery Counseling Center.

Ball will be replacing former Iron Horse principal Joe Nguyen, who left the SRVUSD in July to become the new principal at Pleasanton Middle School.

A new face to the SRVUSD, Tumilty is an experienced educator who will be taking over at Creekside after serving an instructional coach working with teachers in grades K-6 in the Lafayette School District.

“Alice brings over 17 years of leadership, coaching and hands-on teaching experience to her new role as principal at Creekside,” Graswich said of the SRVUSD’s newest leader. “Alice is committed to fostering a school culture and education program conducive to student learning and social emotional growth.”

Graswich added that Tumilty’s leadership accomplishments also include being co-chair of the Curriculum Council, where she was responsible for “working collaboratively with council stakeholders to design district wise professional development, curriculum, report cards and assessments.”

Tumilty will be replacing principal Aaron Tarzian, who left their position to take a job as principal in Palm Springs.

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