New principal starts at Livingston school

dyawger@mercedsunstar.comAugust 22, 2013 

— William Y. Marroquin is the new principal at Livingston Middle School, realizing a goal he set for himself about seven years ago.

Marroquin, 38, replaces Filomena Sousa, who has become the director of categorical programs for the Livingston Union School District. His educational career dates back to 1998-99 when he was a mathematics teacher at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale.

Marroquin's boss, Superintendent Andres Zamora, said Marroquin has a very collaborative style that works well with the district. He also has experience in the transition to common core instructional practices.

"I think William is an energetic leader who comes to the school with new ideas and experiences," Zamora said. "He has a strong desire to make a difference for the student and the school."

Marroquin had been an associate principal at Golden Valley High School since 2010, providing professional development in common core to 14 teachers. He coached 15 teachers in implementing literacy strategies and higher-order thinking skills.

Between 2006-10, as testing and assessment program administrator, Marroquin worked in the high school district office, developing assessment programs for district-wide standards along with pacing guides in core subject areas.

After leaving Fremont High School, Marroquin was a math teacher from 1999-20002 at Dos Palos High School and taught math from 2002-06 at Buhach Colony High School in Atwater.

Marroquin's former boss, Merced Union High School District Superintendent Scott Scambray, lauded the new principal.

"We hated to lose him," Scambray said. "Part of my job is to prepare our administrators to move on. He is more than ready, a hard worker and a great leader."

Marroquin said eventually he would like to obtain a doctorate and teach educational leadership to other administrators at the university level. He has a master's degree in education from Stanford University and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California at Riverside.

Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or dyawger@mercedsunstar.com.

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