Russell Hampton
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la noticera
June 14, 2017

John giving the Invocation and Pledge
Blas Leading the Sing
Members Enjoying Lunch

Superintendent Cary Matsuoka announced the selection of the new principal of Adams Elementary School, Kelly Fresch. Fresch currently serves as the Principal of Guin Foss Elementary School at Tustin Unified School District in Tustin, Calif. Her contract begins July 1, 2017.

The selection of Fresch as the new principal of Adams Elementary school followed a competitive and collaborative recruitment process comprised of Adams Elementary school parents, teachers, staff and district officials.

“Principals serve as the educational leader and chief administrator of their school,” said Matsuoka. “Fresch’s 22 years of educational and administrative experience is a natural fit for Adams Elementary School. Her successful leadership in building teams and integrating technology while cultivating a diverse and positive school culture is what set her apart during the recruitment process.”

Fresch holds a master of arts degree in Educational Leadership and Administrative Services Credential from Azusa Pacific University. She received a multiple subject teaching credential from the California State University of Fullerton and a bachelor of arts degree in Communication from San Diego State University. She completed a Spanish immersion program from the International University for Language in Cuernavaca, Mexico and has dedicated her life to working with children.

“I am excited to join Santa Barbara Unified School District, and specifically, Adams Elementary School,” said Fresch. “It is an honor to be a part of a school that has a reputation of fostering community around a love of education. I look forward to ensuring that each and every child at Adams feels valued and has opportunities to reach their true and full potential. I bring a sense of passion for education and will model what I expect of others, that is to always be kind, thoughtful, giving and understanding.”

Fresch is a godmother to three children, and served as a Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation for 8 years, as well as a Board Member for the Tustin Public Schools Foundation. She grew up in Orange county and values living a healthy lifestyle whether that is running every day, reading or taking opportunities to travel and relax on the beach.


About Adams Elementary School:
Adams Elementary School opened its doors on September 14, 1954. The elementary serves students in preschool through 6th grade. It is located in Santa Barbara’s Northside between the community golf course and the Earl Warren Showgrounds. Adams teachers and staff provide a challenging academic program for all students, with additional support in English language development, speech, vocal and instrumental music, art, library, computer literacy, Gifted and Talented Education, and special education. Adams was an early adopter of digital literacy and learning materials, a 1:1 ipad pilot school and offers families a Montessori program of choice education alternative.

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  • Marti Garcia - Gave 1 mb for attending the Atlanta Rotary Convention
  • John Engstron - Gave 1 mb for his 63rd Wedding Anniversary
  • Don George - Gave 1 mb for returning from Nevis & St. Kits
  • Dennis Boneck - Gave 1 mb for remembering a trip to Taipei and Hong Kon in 1994.  All that was on the news was the O.J. Simpson case.
Blas gave a wonderful presentation on the 50th Anniversary of our Club.  It was the same slide show from 2009
The Club starting in 1959
The Average Membership was between 50-60 members
The First President was Dr. Leigh Whitney
The 1st donation the Club made was $300 to the YMCA
In 1969 Santa Barbara had that terrible oil spill.  Our Club made a Pledge to Improve the Environment and take a leading role. 
There were no women back then, but they attended the parties and had a fashion show.
Al Demerest donated stock when his wife passed away.  It was about $50,000 and it started our Foundation.
Dale Morgan was the first Woman President of our Club.
Plenty of wonderful photos that Blas showed that were mostly taken by Terry.  
Great Job Blas and Terry!
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