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Betsy Balmat

Assistant Principal - Stanley Middle School

"Education is not the filling of a pail,

but the lighting of a fire."

William Butler Yeats

It is with much excitement that I begin my fourteenth year at Stanley wearing many different hats.  I began teaching sixth grade core in 1993, and quickly realized what a special place we have here.  No matter where my life and career have taken me, the dedicated teachers, the supportive community and, most importantly, the bright and engaged students made Stanley the place to which I wanted to return.  Stanley is filled with people who understand that education is truly the lighting of a fire.

I grew up in Connecticut, graduated from college with a degree in middle school education, and moved to the Bay Area in 1992.  I received my masters in educational leadership in 1997 from St. Mary's College.  After teaching at Stanley for many years, I moved to Boston while my husband attended law school.  There, I assisted schools in the Boston Public School District as they navigated their way through implementing the workshop model in reading, writing and math.  We moved back to California in 2002 and I began a new phase of life staying home with our two boys.  When my youngest entered kindergarten five years ago, I returned to Stanley.

I have been a teacher, an educational coach, a grant coordinator, and a department leader at Stanley Middle School, and in every role I have seen the quality and excellence of the Lafayette School District.  My husband Dan and I are thrilled to experience this excellence firsthand as parents - our children are in sixth grade at Stanley and ninth grade at Acalanes.  

As Assistant Principal, I greatly enjoy being able to support the work of the community and the district as we continue to provide the best education possible and ignite the fire for learning in every Stanley student.

(And because I know it matters...Cal, Giants, and 49ers!)

 

 

 

 

 

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