Congratulations and Welcome to Montera's New Principal: Darren Avent

Excerpt from "Montera's New Principal Named" by Mimi Rohr, June 18, 2014, Inside Bay Area.

OAKLAND -- The Montera Middle School community met its new principal, Darren Avent, on June 11 at the school's multipurpose room.

Avent, a native of New York, was briefly an assistant principal at Montera in the spring of 2011, when he moved to the West Coast, before becoming principal of Kaiser Elementary School, where he says he rebuilt the school's culture.

He also was a vice principal at Science Park High School in New Jersey. The school was a national blue ribbon school. Avent spent six years in the U.S. Marine Corps before attending the University of Massachusetts.

Avent will succeed Tina Tranzor, who is leaving Montera after two years as the school's principal. Avent was an assistant principal under Tranzor's predecessor, Russom Mesfun, who was the school's principal from 2007-2012.

Darren Avent is the new principal at Montera Middle School.
Darren Avent is the new principal at Montera Middle School.

"I'm confident that Montera will be in good hands," Mesfun said. "He was very professional, a good listener and worked very well with kids, adults and parents. I wish him the best success. I believe he is going to do good things for Montera."

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Excerpt from "Montera Middle School seeks new principal" by Mimi Rohr, June 4, 2014, Mercury News.

As attributes they sought in a new principal, the parents group identified a need for visibility, integrity, transparency, community building, good communication and specifically someone who is not afraid to openly address the racial issues at the school.

Montera is the largest and one of the most diverse middle schools in Oakland, with a student body of more than 900 from all over the city. Ann Sinclair suggested that the school might benefit with someone who has been a principal.

"Someone that knows the Montera community and has had the experience of being on the ground at Montera is very valuable," Nina Senn, a former Montera parent, pointed out.

Campbell Washington agreed.

"We need a superstar educator to lead this community-based middle school at a critical time," she said.

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