Yosemite High School will have a new principal come this summer.
At the monthly Yosemite Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting Monday night, Dr. Stepanie Osowski was unanimously approved as the school’s new principal effective July 1. Osowski comes to Yosemite High from Fallbrook High School in San Diego County, where she has worked the last nine years, including the last four as principal.
“We’re very excited to have her. The recommendation from the committee was loud and unanimous that this was the person,” said YUSD superintendent Glen Billington. “We paid a visit down to her school in Fallbrook and were pleased that the organization of the school – along with that what teachers, staff and parents had to say about her – was just amazing.”
In total, Osowski has about 15 years as an educator under her belt. Before that, she spent time as a journalist, public relations director and in marketing communications.
Osowski attended the board meeting and shared a few words of her own.
“Thank you all for the vote of confidence and for those kind words. I am very excited,” she said. “I’m excited for this next chapter and whatever it is going to bring.”
Osowski’s hiring is a result of the impending resignation of current Yosemite High principal Regina Carr on June 30.
The principal submitted her resignation in mid-February and the district has been on a search for her replacement ever since.
“We would like to thank Ms. Carr for her service and wish her well in her future endeavors,” Billington said in a statement.
Carr said she is resigning to move to Seattle to be closer to her family. She asked for privacy regarding the cause of her move, but called the decision the “hardest I’ve ever had to make.”
“It has been an absolute gift to be a part of this community,” she said in an interview Monday afternoon. “The staff and this community, it has been amazing. It’s such a hard-working community and so gracious.”
Carr was audibly emotional when reflecting on her time as principal.
She said she is excited to help make sure Osowski’s transition is a smooth one.