Tulare Joint Union
High School District
Tulare Joint Union High School District
Sarah Koligan

A Message from Our Superintendent

September 6, 2022

Dear TJUHSD Families,

I am honored to have the opportunity to serve our district and community as superintendent. It is great to welcome back our students and staff to the 2022–2023 school year. As we visited our sites on the first day of school, it was great to see the excitement and experience the positive energy on each campus. Our first TJUHSD newsletter consists of introducing our principals, directors, assistant superintendents, and coordinators.

I was born in Terceira, one of the islands of the Azores off the coast of Portugal. At the age of eight, I immigrated with my family to Hanford, California. Eight years later, at the age of 16, my father passed away nine months after being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Despite the multiple challenges that my family and I experienced, it was also very clear that education was the key to a better life. I graduated from Tulare Union High School as a valedictorian and attended College of the Sequoias for two years. I then transferred to Fresno Pacific University and completed my undergraduate work earning a bachelor’s degree in natural science with emphasis in biology and a single subject teaching credential. A few years later, I completed my master’s degree in education through Chapman University, and in 2016 I completed my doctorate in organizational leadership through Brandman University.

I was blessed to be able to start my career in education as a science teacher at my alma mater, Tulare Union High School, in 1999. After earning my masters in education with emphasis in administration, I transitioned to administration as an assistant principal at Divisadero Middle School in Visalia. Two years later, I had the opportunity to return to Tulare Joint Union High School District as a dean of students at Tulare Western High School and was promoted to assistant principal in 2007. I had the privilege of serving as principal of Tulare Western High School for six years before transitioning to the district office. Since 2015, I have served the district as assistant superintendent of curriculum, technology, and assessment.

The journey through the various roles in my career was only possible because of the power of education. As a first generation immigrant and English learner, it was the educators in our district who prepared me academically and instilled in me the confidence to set goals and dream big. As superintendent, my goal is to continue to create and sustain opportunities that prepare our students to accomplish their goals and dreams.

TJUHSD is committed to providing our students with a safe and supportive environment that promotes academic and emotional growth. This school year, our district expanded the elective offerings through adding a dance program and a full-time choir teacher. We also added a response to intervention class, as part of our pyramid of interventions, to provide targeted support to students who are struggling academically. Additionally, we expanded the academic and socio-emotional support available to our students by adding a counselor at each of our comprehensive sites, reducing our counselor to student ratio to 260 to one. We also maintained the two additional LVNs and psychologists, as well as the social workers, that were hired last school year to support the needs of our students. Furthermore, we contracted with Hazel Health, a tele-health provider that focuses on high-quality whole child healthcare for every student. Please make sure to review the information that has been shared with you about Hazel Health via ParentSquare. We also have many opportunities for parents and guardians to be involved in our schools. Please take advantage of these opportunities. We appreciate our students and parents, and we look forward to a great 2022–2023 school year!

Sincerely,

Lucy Van Scyoc

Dr. Lucy Van Scyoc
TJUHSD Superintendent