Milpitas: New adult education principal named


Giuliana Brahim has been promoted to principal of Milpitas Adult Education, effective this fall.

Milpitas Unified School District Superintendent Cheryl Jordan made the announcement at a July 12 staff meeting, following the departure a month earlier of then-principal Usha Narayanan for a position with the Campbell Unified High School District

Brahim, 55, has been with the Milpitas district 13 years, the last two as assistant principal of Adult Education.

She said in an interview with the Post on July 21 that she was “excited, humbled and challenged by the opportunity” and wants to ensure adult education touches everyone in the school district, from parents of preschoolers to students at the San Jose Evergreen Community College extension in Milpitas.

“As we support parents we support kids and move them forward toward graduation,” Brahim said.

“My first goal is to really make adult education one school with two sites,” she said, referring to the program’s two locations–Elmwood Correctional Facility and Ayer Adult School at the District Office.

Brahim said the adult education program offers something for everyone, whether it’s credits for high school students or classes for adults in the community and those incarcerated at Elmwood. “We want education to be equitable and accessible for students no matter what their circumstances are,” she said.

Brahim said she a feels a great sense of accomplishment when she sees students who had been through the adult education program doing well in the community. At a recent meeting at Cisco, for example, Brahim said she was greeted by a former pupil who had been in and out of jail but now has turned her life around.

In the 2016-17 school year, Adult Education’s English as a second language, adult education and independent studies programs served 1,300 students, Brahim said.

“We would like to increase our programs at the community college extension” to offer more classes to students, she added.

Brahim was born in Peru, of Palestinian heritage. She said being a first-generation immigrant helps her to connect with many of her English as a second language students.

Brahim studied architecture and art history in Peru, even though she knew she wanted to get into teaching and ended up going back to get her teaching credentials.

She moved to the Bay Area after she got married and joined Milpitas Unified in 2002 as an ESL teacher in the evenings. While still teaching English and raising her kids, she got her credentials to teach in the adult education program and then began teaching at the correctional facility before working her way up to education specialist and assistant principal.

Board Support and Communications Specialist Shannon Carr said Tuesday a salary had not been determined for Brahim yet. But a salary schedule posted on the district website shows it could range from $128,692 to $152,052.

“The MUSD Board of Education is scheduled to ratify Giuliana’s position during its meeting on Aug, 22. We will be able to let you know the exact salary being offered after they take that action,” Carr said via email Monday.



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