In March, the Mariposa County Unified School District governing board approved the hiring of Drew Sylvia as assistant superintendent, replacing the interim assistant superintendent, Jerry Stehman.
Sylvia has served in Selma Unified School District for the last 18 years in various leadership roles. Those roles have included teacher as well as elementary, middle school and high school principal. He is now the director of alternative education, serving in the position for the last four years.
He was recognized as Administrator of the Year for Selma USD for the 2019/2020 school year. Additionally, his alternative education site was recognized by the California Department of Education as a Model Program in 2019/2020.
MCUSD officials said Sylvia is looking forward to working in Mariposa, which is hoped to begin sometime during the middle of April. He is the father of two children and husband of Rita, an elementary teacher.
Additionally, Celeste Azevedo has elected to be the full time principal of Mariposa County High School for the 2020/2021 school year and beyond, effective July 1 of this year.
Azevedo, who held the dual role of assistant superintendent of educational services and high school principal, has resigned the portion of her assistant superintendent of educational services position effective June 30, and will devote her full attention to the high school.
Azevedo has been a leader for MCUSD in multiple administrative roles, and will continue to be a leader in her role as MCHS principal in 2020/21.
As Azevedo steps down from the assistant superintendent of educational services portion of her position, Lydia Lower, director of educational services, will continue to lead the educational services department.