New principals selected at Mountain View High School and Alta Vista High School


Courtesy Santa Barbara Unified School District, Mountain View–Los Altos School District

Today, the District Board announced that, next year, Dr. Kip Glazer (left) and Suzanne Woolfolk (right) will be the principals of Mountain View High School and Alta Vista High School, respectively.

Mountain View High School and Alta Vista High School will have new principals next year. Beginning in the 2022–2023 school year, Dr. Kip Glazer, the current principal at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, Calif., will become the new MVHS principal. Los Altos High School Assistant Principal Suzanne Woolfolk will be the new principal at AVHS and the Mountain View–Los Altos Director of Alternative Programs (which oversees Middle College, College Now and Freestyle Academy). Both appointments were approved today by the MVLA Board of Trustees unanimously.

“We are very fortunate to have such highly-regarded and experienced professionals to lead our schools,”
District Superintendent Dr. Nellie Meyer said in a press release. “Both have exemplary track records for advancing equity in educational opportunities and understand the need for and actively work toward building inclusive school cultures.”

Kip Glazer

Glazer will replace current principal Michael Jimenez, who announced plans to retire earlier this year after two years at MVHS.

“When I was a teacher, I always tried to be the teacher I wanted our own children to have,” Glazer said. “And I want to be the principal that every one of our students and staff would like to have.”

Glazer graduated from California Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science before gaining a Master of Arts in education at Chapman University and a doctorate in learning technologies at Pepperdine University. Glazer began her career as a social studies and English teacher in 2002 before moving to the Kern High School District in Bakersfield, Calif., where she served as Frontier High School’s Dean of Students. She later became the assistant principal at La Cañada High School in La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., and in 2019, she was named the principal at San Marcos High School.

Glazer was named a County Teacher of the Year while serving in the Kern High School District in 2014, has been recognized by the Los Angeles Korean-American Association and has received the 23rd Congressional District of California Inspirational High School Educator Award, among other accolades. Glazer has focused on the merits of technology in education, including a dissertation on game-based education and research on the role of artificial intelligence in education. She is credentialed in foundational math, English, social studies and health education.

“Dr. Glazer has a reputation for being an excellent school leader with a strong sense of service and empathy,” Meyer said. “She has expertise in innovative teaching practices and enjoys working with high school students and staff. We look forward to her joining our MVLA family as our new leader at Mountain View High School.”

Suzanne Woolfolk

Woolfolk will take the place of Bill Pierce, who has served as the AVHS principal since 1996 and as MVLA’s Director of Alternative Programs.

Woolfolk has been with MVLA for eight years, beginning as the LAHS assistant principal in 2014. She also oversees LAHS’s ASB program. Previously, she was an assistant principal at San Mateo High School and Burlingame High School, both in California.

“I really feel honored to be in a position where my love of working with students can couple with new opportunities for leadership and growth,” Woolfolk said.

Woolfolk studied at Stanford, where she gained a Masters of Arts in Education, and at California State University San Francisco, where she gained a Master of Arts in Educational Administration. She taught Spanish and English as a Second Language for five years before becoming an administrator.