Candace Griego, Assistant Principal of Martha Baldwin Elementary School.

We had the pleasure of chatting with Candace Griego, Assistant Principal of Martha Baldwin Elementary School. Martha Baldwin School is located in the Alhambra Unified School District and teaches transitional kindergarten through eighth grade.

DB: Hi Candace! Thanks for joining me today. What is your current position?

CG: I am the Assistant Principal of Martha Baldwin School in the Alhambra Unified School District.

DB: What did you major in and how did you end up with this position?

CG: I got my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, then earned my Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. I began my career as a Kindergarten and 1st-grade teacher for five years and became an intervention specialist for the following six years. Next, I was an instructional coach for two years and now am currently in my third year as an Assistant Principal.

DB: It seems like you’ve had a lot of growth in your career. What do you value most about your current role?

CG: I value supporting teachers, students and their families. It’s very rewarding. 

DB: What has been the biggest learning to date from your career path?

CG: I think the transition to Distance Learning (due to COVID) and still keeping a focus on student learning while supporting the whole child in their basic needs (social-emotional and keeping them fed) has been my biggest learning to-date.

DB: What is your favorite interview question to ask candidates? 

CG: My favorite question to ask candidates is: “what in your life has prepared you for this position?” I also like asking, “what would you do if you had a student that’s struggling to meet the standards? How would you help the student be successful?”


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