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Peterman tapped to lead CVHS
Amy Peterman has been promoted to principal of Central Valley High School, effective Jan. 1, as announced by Ceres Unified Deputy Superintendent Scott Siegel via e-mail Wednesday morning.

The 36-year-old Ceres native will replace Roberto Serrato, who was granted reassignment following a one-and-a-half-year stint at the helm.

"We looked at a variety of district leaders," CUSD Supt. Walt Hanline said. "She's most prepared in my opinion. It's a really nice fit."

Peterman has served as principal of Sam Vaughn Elementary School for the past three-and-a-half years.

Prior to filling associate (2005-06) and assistant (2004-05) principal positions at Ceres High, Peterman worked at Manteca High School. She was Dean of Students for three years (2001-04) and an English teacher for four (1997-2001).

"I'm excited about taking on a new challenge," Peterman said. "I hear great things about what they're doing. But at the same time, it's a little bitter sweet. I feel like I'm making a move midstream but Sam Vaughn is going to continue to make strides."

Peterman holds a bachelor's degree in English from California State Stanislaus. She earned teaching and administration credentials from U.C. Davis and National University, respectively.

Dr. Fred Van Vleck, former Central Valley principal and current assistant superintendent of Business Services for CUSD, will work alongside Peterman over the next few weeks as she makes the transition to her new position.

"We've been preparing her for a high-school principalship since she first came to the district in 2004," noted Hanline. "She will be a great blend of theory and practice. She will build upon the foundation that was laid by Van Vleck and Serrato. She's got the assets of both of those leaders."

Peterman graduated from Ceres High School in 1991. Her mother, the late Kay Beaver, taught at CHS. Amy's sister is a teacher/coach in the district. Her father still lives in town.

"I have a lot invested in this community," she said. "It's been a great opportunity to come back to a place I grew up. I have the utmost respect for the district."

Serrato was named assistant director of Educational Options for Ceres Unified. He took over for Sharon Brittain, Peterman's replacement at Sam Vaughn, on Tuesday.