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Sometimes with all the hustle and bustle of our daily lives we miss out on the opportunity to connect and build with our neighbors. However, bonding and building connections with the families and households around you not only enriches your own neighborhood experience, but increases safety and helps strengthen our positive community culture.
District 6 Resident Approaching 20 Year Tenure as Principal at a Stellar School
It is 8AM at St. Leo School, which is nestled quietly on Howe Street in the Piedmont district of Oakland. Car doors fling open and mini van doors slide open slow as young people ranging from 4-15 years old walk, run, slump, and hop out onto the sidewalk and head into the school. They are a vibrant blur of early morning organized chaos, dressed in uniform blue, all taking different paces and strides to the same destination.
Ensuring they stay on the path to that destination is Sonya Simril, the school's Principal of 19 years. Poised, bold, and humorous- she guides the school with a loving and firm hand. She stands stylishly dressed and calm in the middle of all the running around that presets the day. "Good morning little one's!", she waves playfully at a group of 2nd graders walking by while simultaneously throwing a cold glare at two 8th graders that are in that pre-teen sort of way walking to close for her comfort. The "Alright now..." she offers them is all it takes for them to add an extra foot of distance between them.
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