FVSD Board of Trustees appoints three new site leaders

The Fountain Valley School District (FVSD) Board of Trustees has appointed new leaders at both Fulton Middle and Gisler Elementary Schools, at its regularly scheduled meeting.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to announce the appointment of these three highly skilled and dedicated leaders! Each of these administrators is uniquely qualified to lead in their respective positions,” noted Dr. Mark Johnson. “We are confident that their collaborative approach, strong work ethic and commitment to serving our students, staff and community will make a tremendous impact for years to come.”

Teri Malpass, new to the FVSD Family, has been appointed Principal, Gisler Elementary School

Ms. Malpass began her career as an elementary teacher, working in 1st and 2nd grades at Weaver Elementary School in Los Alamitos Unified School District. In 2012, she began her journey as an instructional coach, serving as a Math TOSA and 6th and 7th grade Math Intervention teacher. Teri provided professional development in the area of Cognitive Guided Instruction (CGI) for the elementary teachers throughout her district. In 2015, Teri began consulting with additional districts, sharing her knowledge, passion and expertise in CGI. She has provided training and coaching for elementary teachers in Palos Verdes USD, and, of course, FVSD, as we began the district-wide implementation of CGI.

In 2016, Teri became the assistant principal at McGaugh Elementary School in Los Alamitos USD, working collaboratively with her principal and staff, serving the students, parents and community of Seal Beach.

Ms. Malpass stated, “I am thrilled to be joining the FVSD Family, as Principal at Gisler Elementary School. It is an honor to be a part of such an amazing school with such a tremendous reputation. I look forward to working side-by-side with the staff, families and community to make a significant difference in our students’ lives.”
Teri lives in Huntington Beach with her two children, son, Brady and daughter, Blakely. Brady is a senior at Huntington Beach High School, where he plays baseball, and Blakely is a junior at Edison and a member of the La Crosse Team. Teri enjoys spending time cheering them on at their sporting events as well as spending time outdoors with family and friends.

Erin Bains, former Principal of Gisler Elementary School, has been appointed Principal, Fulton Middle School.

Ms. Bains began her career as an elementary school teacher in Westminster School District, spending time in first through sixth grades. In 2006, Ms. Bains was appointed as Assistant Principal at Masuda Middle School. In 2008, Erin was promoted to Principal at Moiola, the District’s last K-8 School, where she spent the next four years. In 2012, Erin was appointed as the Principal at Gisler Elementary, the position she recently departed. During her time in FVSD, Erin has been instrumental in leading initiatives on Balanced Literacy, Cognitively Guided Instruction, Thinking Maps and Differentiated Instruction. Additionally, she has developed an extraordinary culture built on a foundation of collaboration, communication and inclusive leadership. In 2017, Erin was named FVSD’s Administrator of the Year and was later named Orange County’s Elementary Principal of the Year.

Ms. Bains stated, “It is an incredible honor to continue my administrative journey in Fountain Valley School District. I have been fortunate to work on three different campuses with amazing students, families, and staff members in our community. I truly cannot wait to join the Fulton staff, and continue the work of empowering students and building relationships with the entire Falcon Family.”

Ms. Bains earned her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Loyola Marymount University and a master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from California State University at Fullerton. Erin lives locally and enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and golfing.

Julie Gonzales, former teacher at Gisler Elementary School, has been appointed Assistant Principal, Fulton Middle School.

Mrs. Gonzales has been a member of the FVSD family for the past 12 years. Julie started her career in FVSD as a student teacher, and was hired in 2008 as a 4th grade teacher at Cox Elementary School. In 2009, she joined the Gisler staff and has spent the last ten years teaching 1st, 2nd and 4th grades. In addition to her responsibilities as a classroom teacher, Julie was an active member of Gisler’s Leadership Team and served as a Grade Level Lead, SST and ELAC Coordinator. In addition, Mrs. Gonzales participated in district committees, supporting the implementation of instructional initiatives, such as Balanced Literacy and CGI. Having these leadership opportunities inspired Julie to return to school at CSULB to pursue a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

Mrs. Gonzales said, “I cannot wait for my newest chapter as part of the FVSD family. I’m excited to meet the incredible Fulton students, families, and staff that I have heard so much about. We are going to accomplish great things together, and I am honored to be a Falcon!”

Julie is married to her husband, Aaron, a teacher in SAUSD, and has an 8-year old daughter, Madison. They enjoy spending family time outdoors whether it be camping, hiking, paddle boarding, or just enjoying a day at the beach.

This article was released by the Fountain Valley School District.

Left to Right: Teri Malpass, Principal, Gisler Elementary, Erin Bains, Principal, Fulton Middle School, Julie Gonzales, Assistant Principal, Fulton Middle school. Courtesy photo.
Left to Right: Teri Malpass, Principal, Gisler Elementary, Erin Bains, Principal, Fulton Middle
School, Julie Gonzales, Assistant Principal, Fulton Middle school. Courtesy photo.