Alum Rock Union School District

Celebrating 90 years of excellence through Service, Perseverance, Love, Trust, & Equity!

Academic Services


Academic Services’ charge is to inspire a passion for teaching and learning, within an inclusive educational community, committed to supporting and challenging all learners.


Our Mission:

The Academic Services team is committed to increasing student achievement, strengthening systems of support, and establishing a strong instructional core.


Our Core Beliefs

  • Power of TEAM -  We believe in creating collaborative learning environments for both staff and students to collectively provide the best learning outcomes for kids. 

  • Inclusivity - We believe in the importance of including all stakeholders and listening to all voices. 

  • Reflection and Inquiry - We believe in lifelong learning and inquiry as a transformative practice of action that positions practitioners as knowledgeable of their reality. 

  • All Students Can Learn - We believe that our curriculum and instruction should give students the opportunity to reach their full potential and personal goals, provide for their individual differences and interests, and guide them in selecting meaningful education and career choices.

  • Rigorous Quality Teaching and Learning - We believe in challenging assumptions about what students can and can't learn - creating challenging learning environments in order for students to reach their potential. 

  • Equity - We believe in equitable access to content for all students.  Classroom instruction where all students get what they need to be successful. 


Implementation Plan 2023-2024 

The Academic Services Department staff oversees the following areas:


Technology Support

English Learners

Dual Language Programs

Equity Diversity and Inclusion

 ​​​​Who we are:

  • Barbara Campbell, Assistant Superintendent - Instructional Services, (408) 928-6590
  • Tara Bickford, Ed.D, Director, Academic Service, (408) 928-6565
  • Christine Salloom, POSA Educational Technology/Innovation,  (408) 928-6528
  • Yeny Rosales, M.Ed., Coordinator, Multilingual Programs/EL, (408) 928-6599
  • Emily McChristian, Coordinator - VAPA, P.E. & Sports Program, (408) 928-6524
  • Katie Wyatt, Coordinator- Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, (408) 928-6591
  • Jennifer Timmins, TOSA Induction/New Teacher Support, (408) 928-6527
  • Tracy Loftin, Executive Assistant, (408) 928-6529
  • Andrea Gonzalez, Administrative Assistant, (408) 928-6578
  • Tanya Guerrero , Administrative Assistant, (408) 928-6525
  • Jaime Figueroa, Library Technician, (408) 928-6518
  • TBD, Assessment Technician, (408) 928-6523