Welcome to Empresa!

I am excited to begin the 2018-2019 school year as an Empresa Knight! Empresa is an amazing school and I am honored to serve the school community as assistant principal. Empresa is known for academic excellence with an emphasis on Performing and Visual Arts. Each student is encouraged to develop an awareness of their own unique strengths and interests and discover the pathways needed to achieve their personal and academic goals. With an emphasis on achievement both in Language Arts and Mathematics, Empresa earned the California Distinguished School award in 2018.

As the assistant principal, I have the opportunity to help promote academic achievement in a safe, student-centered environment which encourages critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and intellectual and social-emotional development. I am looking forward to continuing the many wonderful programs at Empresa including the Watch DOGs, Grandparent Bookworms and recognition of student academic, behavioral and social successes through the POPPs - Pupil of Positive Praise awards.

I have had the opportunity to serve as an educator for more than twenty years in a variety of settings and grade levels from Kindergarten through high school as well as university courses. I have taught in both suburban and urban settings, public and charter, magnet and Title 1, as well as elementary and secondary. Over the last several years, I have worked as the assistant principal and International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program Coordinator of Vista Academy.

I am honored and privileged to be a member of the Empresa team. Empresa Rocks!

Melanie Paliotti