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The School Site Council serves as the governing board of Coyote Creek Elementary.  The Council is composed of teachers, parents, other school personnel, and the Principal.  The Council works collaboratively to develop, monitor and assess our school improvement budget, the school site plan, as well as school safety.

Site Council elections are held each spring. Each year two parent volunteer positions will be open for general election. Please watch your regular school communications for election planning or feel free to contact the principal, or any site council member.

Our monthly agendas are posted on our website and also in the lobby of our school office.  Site Council meets in Room 28, one Thursday a month, from 3:30-5:00. Occasionally, Council times are changed to support members doing observations of student programs during the school day.

Role of the Site Council

The main tasks of the Coyote Creek School Site Council are as follows:

  • Create and maintain a comprehensive school plan that addresses budget, strategies to meet academic standards, and the overall Coyote Creek School vision.
  • Budget and allocate School Improve Plan funds in a manner that supports the school objectives.
  • Periodically examine schoolwork, math, and writing samples in accordance with academic goals.
  • Monitor and maintain appropriate goals as established in the school plan.

Over the course of a year, the Site Council works with the Principal to evaluate the school's progress towards the goals included in the Single Plan for Student Achievement. To monitor performance, individuals who are responsible for programs in the School Plan are invited to make presentations to the council during the scheduled meetings. During these presentations, the Council seeks to understand the nature of the program, its success, and opportunities for improvement.

Parent Bios for Site Council

Grace Dagen

My husband Lou and I are the proud parents of Joshua and Jacob Dagen, ages 10 and 7 respectively. We felt honored and blessed to be part of the dynamic Coyote Creek community for the past 5 years.  I graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Architecture. I worked 16 years as a Project Manager for the Creative Services Department at Clorox leading projects such as packaging design, consumer promotions, and event planning. I retired from Clorox in February of this year to join my husband in his Financial Planning business as his Office Manager.  During my spare time,  I enjoy photography, meditation, volunteering and spending time with my family and friends. Coyote Creek is an excellent school. By joining the Site Council, I hope to do my part in keeping it a success. 

Nitsa Dimitrakos

Nitsa Dimitrakos is a dedicated wife and mother.  She is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology, interested in working with elementary school-age clients and their families while teaching undergraduate psychology.  As a dedicated resident of San Ramon for ten years, and mother of a third grader at Coyote Creek, Nitsa is committed to being an active member of the San Ramon Valley community.  She currently serves on the boards of the San Ramon Arts Foundation and San Ramon Community Theater.  In the Fall, she will begin her doctoral practicum working within the San Ramon Unified School District.  For over 28 years, Nitsa has worked with developmentally disabled and mentally ill children and adults.  She has 13 years of experience managing one of her family’s board and care facilities for developmentally disabled adults, and has been teaching undergraduate psychology for DeVry University for the past five years.  Recently, Nitsa was invited to teach a course in Abnormal Psychology to high school students from abroad this Summer, on the campus of UC Berkeley.  Nitsa has shown her dedication to the well-rounded success of Coyote Creek for the past four years by serving on the Art Masterpiece Committee, being a book club leader, actively volunteering in the library, classrooms and other school happenings, and participating as host family for the China Exchange Program.  As a function of her inherent passion for education and the achievement of children, she has written a children’s book and developed an innovative program that helps elementary-aged children better grasp the basic concepts of math, through the wisdom of the imagination.  She believes in the power of curiosity and imagination, and is passionate about encouraging a whole hearted love of learning and permission of self. Nitsa considers it her calling to see that each child realize their own, unique potential.  Mostly,  she believes that if we, as adults, work to cultivate a bright space, children will dare to shine.  As such, Nitsa is thrilled to present her candidacy for Coyote Creek School Site Council. She hopes to do all she can to support the continued, “bright”success of all students, parents and staff at Coyote Creek Elementary.

Aruna Hampapur

Aruna Hampapur has been a dedicated volunteer at Coyote Creek for the last 6 years.  She has helped in various activities including Field trips, Math centers, Book Club, Art Masterpiece, Gate programs to name a few.   She has been committed full-time in raising her 2 children to ensure good health, safety, academic progress and personal growth in a nurturing, compassionate and supportive environment.  As a parent, Aruna believes that its our responsibility to be involved in our child's education by closely working with the school activities.   In the past, Aruna has worked as a programmer/tester in a few IT startups.

Admin. Representative

Alpert, Bill
Assistant Principal
Biondi, Mike

Teacher Representatives

(Quintana) Palmquist, Ashley
Greenless, Tommy
Johnson, Jana
Korte, Jeri
O'Neill, Joanne
Wilson, Nancy

Parent Representative

Sara O'Gara (Chairperson)

Judy Gestring (Vice Chairperson)

Grace Dagen

Sung Choi

Grace Li

Aruna Hampapur

David Moser

Nitsa Dimitrakos (alternate)