Chad Carvey, a former Brisbane School District principal, has been named new principal for Mary Collins at Cherry Valley Charter School.

Carvey has been the principal of two schools in Brisbane, Brisbane Elementary for four years and Panorama Elementary for the past two. Prior to his tenure at Brisbane, Carvey was principal and District GATE Coordinator at Wade Thomas Elementary School in the Ross Valley School District.

Carvey was awarded his bachelor's degree in history with a minor in drama at California State University, Stanislaus. He received his single subject credential in social science and drama, as well as a multiple subjects credential from Bethany College of California. He earned his master's degree in educational administration and administrative services credential at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Carvey said he has fallen in love with everything he has read and heard about Mary Collins, and he is excited about joining the community to devote his energy to the students, staff and parents. He added he is confident his leadership skills, strong visual arts background and even stronger environmental education background make him a perfect fit for Mary Collins.

He said that, as much as he delights in the school atmosphere, he feels that education goes far beyond the walls of a classroom and campus. He explained his goal is to invest in the lives of his students, and has high expectations for students, expecting them to be respectful, courageous, honest and kind.

Carvey and his wife, Carolyn, currently live on their 43-foot Hans Christian Cutter sailboat, "Tambadil" with Jib their Wheaten Terrier. They have two children, a son, Paris, who recently completed his tour of duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and a daughter, Noelle, who recently graduated from the San Francisco School of Digital Film. They also have two grandchildren, Cadence and Lexie. They love to travel and, in the distant future, plan to sail around the world.

Along with his educational expertise, Carvey will bring his rescued red tailed hawk Chinook, his ventriloquist dummy, his passion for cooking (he claims Cherry Valley will be the best fed staff in the district) and his auctioneering talent.

Carvey will be introduced to the Petaluma City Schools Board at its April 9 meeting, and begin his new position at Mary Collins on July 1.

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