System of Professional Growth

  • At San Juan Unified, we value our dedicated practitioners and support their continual growth. In 2011, the district and the San Juan Teachers Association recognized that our current evaluation system was not meeting the needs of our staff. Both parties embarked on a joint effort to develop a system that better supports professionals' ability to grow throughout their entire careers. Over the past few years, we've worked with people across the district to build the new System of Professional Growth. Take a look:
  • The System of Professional Growth promotes continual growth and improvement by supporting practitioners' ability to reflect on evidence. Practitioners undergo training and place themselves on rubrics* by self-identifying where they are on nine essential elements from the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. Then, practitioners work with trained facilitators throughout the year and focus on a specific goal. The process includes 2-3 observations and 2-3 reflective conversations, which explore multiple measures of evidence. Our goal is to create a cycle of continuous growth.
    In accordance with Education Code, practitioners will go through the process:
    Temporary and probationary practitioners - Every year
    Permanent practitioners will go through on the following years - 4, 6, 8, 12, 15
    Permanent practitioners with 15 or more years of experience with the school district - Every five years
    Click here for additional information, including full rubrics.  
    With San Juan Unified’s system of professional growth, we strive to provide all practitioners with the support they need to reflect upon evidence in order to grow and enhance their work throughout their entire career.  
    * Nurses, counselors, librarians and others will be developing rubrics that are unique to their own professional standards. 
    All of the SPG tools may be accessed on the district intranet:
    Look for the SPG Tile on the portal
                           or > departments > division of teaching and learning > System of Professional Growth

Video overview

  • Peer Facilitator Team - Housed at San Juan High School                                                                                                                                    

    • Pam Wallace - Facilitator Mentor
    • Cheryl Dultz - Facilitator Mentor 
    • Cassondra Anderson-Maerklen - Faciltiator Mentor
    • Jenny Daniels - Faciltiator Mentor                                                                        
    • Darcy Faitel - Peer Facilitator
    • Armando Galvan - Peer Facilitator                                                                                  
    • Jenn James - Peer Facilitator 
    • Tracy Lucas - Peer Facilitator
    • Starlight Murray - Peer Facilitator
    • Valerie Myers - Peer Facilitator
    • Michaela Nichelmann - Peer Facilitator                                    
    • Michelle Pearson - Peer Facilitator 
    • Kate Pitrone - Peer Facilitator
    • Sydney Walker - Intermediate Clerk Typist

    Co-Chairs of the System of Professional Growth Team (PGT)

    Michelle Schuermann - Co-Chair of the PGT
    Teacher, Del Dayo Elementary School

    Kristan Schnepp- Co-Chair of the PGT
    Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education

    Members: Marisa Bender (Practitioner), Alison Jones (Practitioner), Nicole Kukral (Director), Cyndi Otero (Practitioner), Damon Smith (Principal), Aaron Wurtzer (Principal)

    Consultant: Shannan Brown, Executive Director of SJTA



Last Modified on April 10, 2023