Jorge Arvizu has been named interm principal for Miwok Valley Language Academy.

Arvizu was a dual immersion teacher in the Old Adobe Union School District last year, and has more than 20 years administrative experience. Arvizu replaces Kim Harper, who is serving as the interim superintendent for the district after Cynthia Pilar stepped down as superintendent this summer to pursue her doctorate degree in education.

Arvizu's experience includes being a principal, district and County Office of Education administrator, as well as staff developer/ trainer in language arts. In addition to his varied and rich background he brings a child-centered approach to school management. He said his choice to return to teaching last year gave him a keen awareness of what is being asked of educators today.

He was a member of the district's language arts and math committees, and he has personal knowledge and understanding of the district initiatives. Arvizu was one of the staff representatives on the district PTA.

He speaks both English and Spanish.

He said he is excited to lead Miwok in its first year as a charter language academy.

Students at Miwok will be able to choose a foreign language to learn from 24 different languages, using the Rosetta Stone program.

Arvizu said he looks forward to working with the staff and parents at Miwok to implement all aspects of a language academy which include writing, publishing and cultural awareness.