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Welcome to the 2021-2022 School year from Superintendent Diego R. Ochoa

Superintendent Newsletter, August 2021

Dr. Joan Rosas, Superintendent

Friday, August 6, 2021

Dear All,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I am excited to see students and staff back on campus. This year promises to be a year of high-impact learning and social-emotional growth.

Since my appointment in May, I have been working closely with SMFC leaders to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year. These talented educators are ready and excited to welcome students!

What to Expect on the First Day of School

The San Mateo-Foster City School District will open for full-day, in-person instruction beginning Thursday, August 12. The health and safety of our students and staff are our priority and our guidelines are outlined in “Safe Return to School” (English | Spanish).

Focus Areas for ‘21-’22


We begin our year focused on establishing District Coherence. The District will initiate a strategic plan process resulting in a 2022-2027 SMFC Strategic Plan.

Focus areas for this year are Academic Achievement, Special Education Program Quality, English Learner Services, Social-Emotional Supports and Professional Development.


Ribbon Cutting Events

On August 9 and 10, we will celebrate our four new state-of-the-art facilities with Ribbon Cutting ceremonies at Abbott Middle School, Bayside Academy, Borel Middle School and Beach Park Elementary School. What a wonderful way to start the year!

Community Engagement

I look forward to speaking with you this year at your schools, events and community meetings. Soon I will launch the “oneSMFC” podcast where you can hear our leaders discuss important topics in education. And in the coming weeks I will host Cafe con Diego.

Diego R. Ochoa

about Superintendent Diego R. Ochoa

Superintendent Ochoa joined the district in July 2021. He has 22 years of educational experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director, executive director, and superintendent.  Superintendent Ochoa has a strong background in instruction, curriculum, special education, equity, student wellness, parent engagement, and building school facilities. 

In 2012, Superintendent Ochoa joined the Esparto Unified School District in the Sacramento area. He served as the Director of Special Education and Superintendent until 2018. In Esparto, he developed long range academic plans and oversaw the development of greatly expanded Advanced Placement programs.

In the 2018–2019 school year, Superintendent Ochoa joined the Hollister School District. He led the district in developing quality special education services for children with autism. He oversaw major curricular adoptions and led a new early literacy small-group reading program. He also led  efforts to coordinate new school configurations addressing struggles with overcrowded middle schools and a lack of classroom space at multiple sites. In 2021, Ochoa concluded the $52 million dollar campus built to serve up to 850 students. 

Prior to his work at HSD, Ochoa served as high school principal, assistant principal, and elementary school special education teacher. Ochoa received his Bachelor of Arts, Teaching Credential and Master of Arts in Education from California State University San Marcos, and also holds a Special Education Teaching Credential. Active in community associations, he has served as President Elect of the San Benito County Educational Leaders Association (ACSA), member of San Benito County League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and board member for Capay Valley Vision. Diego and his wife Hallie are parents to five children.