April 27, 2017
Sandra Jimenez, a teacher at St. Peter Catholic School in San Francisco’s Mission District, will serve as the school’s next principal starting in August, the school announced April 12.
Jimenez has taught at St. Peter for 15 years and her long-standing commitment to educating students in the Mercy tradition will serve her well as principal. She holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from UC Berkeley, as well as a multiple subjects credential.
Jimenez grew up in San Francisco and is a longtime parishioner of Epiphany Parish, where she attended Mass and also attended Epiphany School from first to eighth grade. While attending Lowell High School and UC Berkeley, she wanted to keep connected to her faith so she taught catechism classes to third, fourth and fifth grade students.
At UC Berkeley, Jimenez’s love for working with children drew her to study education. “My mother was a teacher in the Philippines and she really encouraged me,” said Jimenez, who began her teaching career at Bret Harte Elementary School.
At St. Peter, Jimenez has taught a mix of fifth and sixth grades as well as both kindergarten and first grades in the summer school program. She and her husband, Jason, have also been members of the parent community for nine years. Jimenez has three children enrolled at St. Peter this year in kindergarten, sixth grade and eighth grade.
For the past two years, she has worked with fellow members of the parent community coordinating and leading the Madrinas Marketing group, the Community Builders group, and the Campus Care group. “Through my work with the parent community, I want to increase involvement and partner with families in the education of their children. They are the first educators of their sons and daughters,” she said.
Jimenez feels drawn to school leadership and will complete a second master’s degree in Catholic Educational Leadership from the University of San Francisco this May.
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Peter School, a ministry of St. Peter Parish, has been educating the children of the Mission since 1878.