Wednesday Sep 09 2009
Alternative high schools get new principals
By: Nathan Donato-Weinstein Press Tribune
Matteoli, Latteri take top jobs at Adelante, Independence
New faces are heading up two of the Roseville Joint Union High School District’s alternative campuses. Rick Matteoli, a district veteran, has taken over principal duties at continuation school Adelante High School after former Principal Gary Litke retired last year. Matteoli’s former gig – as principal at the independent-study Independence High School – has been filled by longtime Independence educator Debbie Latteri. “I’m learning a lot,” Matteoli said at the start of the year. Heightened interaction with students “has been kind of fun again,” he said. Matteoli started teaching at Roseville High School in 1976. He spent a dozen years there, then became a counselor at Oakmont and, later, Woodcreek high schools. He served as an assistant principal at Woodcreek before taking the Independence job two years ago. His first few weeks as Adelante’s principal have been filled getting the lay of the land, he said. A back-to-school ice cream social helped introduce him to students. He said he wanted to continue to focus on Adelante’s mission of helping students complete high school who, for whatever reason, have had trouble in the district’s traditional schools. “Gary did a great job over 20 years, so it’s not like there’s a whole lot of things here that need fixing,” Matteoli said. Latteri’s move to the top at Independence represents the culmination of 16 years spent at the school, most recently as its online learning coordinator. In that position, she brought on board the Blackboard online system, and has helped implement it across the district. Independence serves approximately 160 students at its campus next to Roseville High, and an additional 150 or so who make up credits through the school. Its core mission sees students work with teachers one on one while completing most of their coursework on their own time. “The reason I got into independent study is I saw there was a need for students to have a teacher that would never give up on them, to do whatever it takes to get them to mastery of course content,” Latteri said. “When I saw the light bulb go on, that’s such a high for a teacher. It really keeps you motivated to continue year after year.” Latteri is a genealogist who described herself as “a weirdo who likes history.” A Roseville resident, she has two grown children. Matteoli, of Citrus Heights, is an avid golfer with four grown children.