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Welcome From Mr. O'Geen

Dear Cougar Families, 

It is with great enthusiasm I write this letter of introduction to you as the new Principal of Copperopolis Elementary School. I am thrilled to begin the new school year, and look forward to meeting students, parents, and community members. It is obvious that this school is a special place. I am so happy to be a part of it. 

As some of you may know, this move is a homecoming for me as I am returning to Calaveras County, our treasured community. I was born in San Andreas and raised in Vallecito. My K-8 years were spent at Michelson in small classes with amazing teachers and lifelong friends. Memories of strolling country roads and drifting the creek bring me back to a nostalgic time. After Michelson, I attended Bret Hart High School where I was extremely active in the school and athletic communities. My experiences at these small schools taught me the importance of positive relationships. We are extremely fortunate to live in a place where everybody knows your name and where the village helps raise the child. This is what drew me home. 

My career in education began as a classroom teacher at Hazel Fischer Elementary School and Bret Hart High School where I taught as a long-term substitute while earning my teaching credential. After completing my credential, my wife and I moved to Capitola and taught for six years in Hollister while I earned my Master's Degree in Education and Administration. From Capitola, we moved to Lincoln, CA where I was a lead teacher, coach and athletic director for 12 years. My most recent administrative experience has been as an Assistant Principal. My return to Calaveras County begins my sixth year as a school administrator. I am elated to bring my skills as an educational leader to Copper and to work with you and our staff as partners in the education of your child. 

I am aware of the anticipation that accompanies new leadership. It is expected and understandable. I know that change can provoke both excitement and anxiety. It is my goal to learn the school's culture and traditions and do what's best for kids. I eagerly anticipate getting to know the Copper community, and learning about your vision of our school. I believe that genuine collaboration fosters ownership of a rich school culture. Creating positive relationships in our school and community is the first step in forming a trusting school environment. I am honored to have been chosen to serve this community, and I will work hard to gain your trust and respect as the Copperopolis Elementary School Principal. Please feel free to stop in and introduce yourself. 

Have a wonderful school year, 

Josh O'Geen

Principal, Copperopolis Elementary