Arcadia USD Welcomes New Elementary School Principal

On August 9, the Arcadia Unified School District selected Patricia Mattera as the new Principal of Highland Oaks Elementary School.

Mrs. Mattera will be moving from Norwalk, Connecticut to Arcadia, CA. She was one of the many out-of-state candidates that applied for the position, but her qualifications and more than 20 years of experience in education placed her at the top of the pool. 

"Patti brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience to our district, and really shares out vision of innovation with a student-first approach,” said Superintendent Dr. Vannasdall.

She holds a M.A. in Teaching from Sacred Heart University where she also earned her Administrative Credential and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Southern Connecticut State University.

"I am thrilled to be joining AUSD as the new Principal of Highland Oaks Elementary School," said Mattera. "I look forward to working collaboratively with the Highland Oaks Community.”

Highland Oaks is one of the highest rated elementary schools in California. The Blue Ribbon school has a distinguished music program, offers numerous extracurriculars, and is rated 10 out of 10 by GreatSchools.

The sunshine state welcomes you!

Photo of Patricia Mattera with her family, Superintendent Dr. Vannasdall, School Board President Janet Chew and school board members Lori Phillipi and Kay Kinsler courtesy of Arcadia Unified.