Pleasant Grove VP earns regional honor
Considered among nominees from Lake Tahoe to Sacramento, Pleasant Grove Middle School’s assistant principal Hope Migliaccio won the El Dorado County Association of California School Administrators’ Charter Administrator of the Year Award for Outstanding Leadership and Services.
“Three years ago the Pleasant Grove School community received a wonderful gift when Hope Migliaccio, an enthusiastic, energetic and extraordinarily devoted assistant principal, accepted a position in the Rescue Union School District,” wrote Pleasant Grove principal Dave Scroggins in a letter nominating Migliaccio for the award. “From the moment she interviewed, we knew we had found someone truly remarkable and a person who would make significant differences in the educational lives of all those who were fortunate enough to work with her.”
Scroggins said Migliaccio’s tireless efforts regarding student attendance are why Pleasant Grove now has the best attendance in the Rescue Union School District.
He also said her work in leading staff through the Common Core Standards transition has been “astounding.”
Further, Migliaccio’s hard work “assessing student progress, analyzing educational programs and looking for better ways to promote the success of all students” led to “an astonishing 40 point increase in the school’s Academic Performance Index score and she led the charge of earning our school a coveted California Distinguished School Award,” wrote Scroggins.
In an interview with Village Life Migliaccio said she thinks a positive tone at school lays the groundwork for academic success. “My take on anti-bullying is, you can’t sit and tell people not to be a bully,” she explained. “Instead we try to provide as much positive interaction throughout a day as possible.”
Pleasant Grove parent Goldee Madrigal praised Migliaccio and told Village Life their vice principal is “a great influence” and “instrumental in seeking funds in order for students to attend educational field trips when the district hasn’t funds for these activities. She is always planning enrichment activities to benefit the kids here.”
“We have just as large a community of GATE students as Marina,” said Migliaccio. “But we have a different socioeconomic situation so fundraising and having parents pay for things is very different here. What I try to do is find activities that don’t cost money.”
She’s helped organize recent trips like when eighth-graders attended a school to career job fair in Sacramento. Migliaccio also emphasizes “lots with reading and literacy with the library.”
With 23 years experience in education, Migliaccio said she always wanted to teach, even teaching her younger sisters and stuffed animals with extra work sheets her teachers gave her. “I don’t remember a time I didn’t want to teach,” she said. “It baffles my mind when kids don’t know what they want to be.”
Before becoming an administrator, Migliaccio taught first through eighth grade and spent most of her career in the Mother Lode school district at Herbert Green Elementary.
A graduate of Ponderosa High School, Migliaccio graduated from Cal State Stanislaus with a degree in Liberal Studies. At Chapman University she earned both a single subject credential in English, a multiple subject credential and a Masters in Education.
Of her two decades in education the mother of two teenage sons said some things have changed while others haven’t. “Kids haven’t changed,” she said. “They still go through puberty; they’ll still interact with mean people. It’s society that’s changed. I watched shows like Happy Days when I was a kid, when people were respectful to their parents.”
Migliaccio will continue to lead as a positive example, repeating one of her favorite mantras, “It’s not what you say; it’s how you say it.”
Migliaccio attended a formal ceremony to accept her award in March. ACSA was established in 1971 and is the largest umbrella organization for superintendents and school administrators in the nation, serving more than 14,500 school leaders.