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School Administration

Yvonne Sugimura, Principal

Yvonne Sugimura was born and raised right here in San Jose. She grew up within the school district and attended J.W. Fair Middle School, now known as Bridges Academy. She received her B.S. in Public Policy and Management at the University of Southern California (USC). After completing a semester early, she spent time at a tutoring center working with students. Her experience there cemented her future in working in education. She received her teaching credential from California Polytechnic University, Pomona and completed her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction at San Jose State University. She resides in San Jose with her husband and daughter. Together, the family enjoys traveling around the world, especially to Japan, and spending time with family. She is eager to continue working with the Shirakawa community towards the ABC’s of Academic excellence for ALL students, Building culture and community, and Collaboration to support the success and achievements of all students. 



Rochelle Espitia, Assistant Principal
Rochelle Espitia was born and raised in the Bay Area. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree with an Emphasis in Teaching and her Master’s Degree in Education from San Jose State University. With over fifteen years in education, her mission has been to close the achievement gap and advocate for students with disabilities. She has taught in diverse communities as both a Special Education and General Education Teacher in grades K-8. In addition to teaching, she has experience in facilitating professional development and coaching novice and veteran teachers. Outside of Shirakawa, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling the world, hiking National Parks, and horseback riding. She is honored and proud to transition into the Assistant Principal role after serving as an RSP teacher for Shirakawa Elementary. She is committed to collaborating with all stakeholders to serve Shirakawa’s students, staff, families, and community.