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Meet our Principal

Celia Bermeo

Ms. Celia Bermeo brings a wealth of experience and a deep-rooted commitment to education and social justice to her new role as Principal of Fruitvale Elementary School. With over 24 years in the Oakland Unified School District, her journey from classroom teacher to assistant principal and now principal, reflects a career dedicated to equity-driven leadership.

Throughout her tenure, Ms. Bermeo has honed her skills in implementing comprehensive systems of support aimed at fostering social-emotional learning, positive behavior interventions, and restorative justice practices. These initiatives highlight her holistic approach to education, prioritizing the well-being and development of every student.

Her personal connection to Fruitvale Elementary, having grown up in Oakland and attended the school herself, inspires her leadership with a profound understanding of the community's needs and aspirations. This background fuels her advocacy for district policies that empower students and families, ensuring their voices are heard and respected.

Academically, Ms. Bermeo emphasizes the importance of strong universal instruction and data-driven decision-making, essential pillars for achieving educational excellence. Her ongoing pursuit of professional growth, including completing her administrative credential at UC Berkeley, demonstrates her dedication to continuous improvement and leadership development.

As a mother and daughter herself, Ms. Bermeo embodies a deep-seated belief in the transformative power of education for future generations. Her vision for Fruitvale Elementary revolves around creating a shared, inclusive community built on common core beliefs and values, where every stakeholder plays a vital role in shaping the school's success.

Ms. Celia Bermeo's blend of experience, passion, and personal connection promises to inspire and empower students, families, and staff alike, fostering a supportive environment where every child can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

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