Yvonne Sugimura, Principal.
This is the first year as principal at Shirakawa School for Mrs.Sugimura.
She was born and raised in San Jose. She grew up within the school district and attended J.W. Fair Middle School, now known as Bridges Academy. Mrs. Sugimura 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. Mrs. Sugimura received her teaching credential from California Polytechnic University, Pomona and recently completed her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction at San Jose State University. She is eager to continue working with the Shirakawa community towards our ABC’s of Academic excellence for ALL students, Building culture and community, and Collaboration to support the success of our students. Go Sharks!
Christian Rubalcaba, Assistant Principal.
This is the first years as Assistant Principal at Shirakawa School for Mr. Rubalcaba.
Mr. Rubalcaba was born and raised in Chicago. He stands proud as a successful product of the Chicago Public School system. Mr. Rubalcaba grew up in a family that highly valued education, so he dreamed big and worked extremely hard to achieve an outstanding higher education. Mr. Rubalcaba received degrees from Purdue University (BA), Harvard University (MA), Loyola Marymount University (teaching credential), and Stanford University (National Board Certification). He recently finished the 2017 Leaders in Educational Administration Program (LEAP) at the Santa Clara County of Education, earning his administrative credential. From 2010-2015, Mr. Rubalcaba taught 5th grade and a 4th/5th combo at Selma Olinder Elementary as a bilingual educator, at San José Unified School District. These past two years, he was Olinder's Instructional Coach. Mr. Rubalcaba values student academic optimism, family engagement, and compassion as the keys to ensuring all students receive a transformational education that inspires students to become the global thinkers and doers of tomorrow. He is beyond excited to join the Franklin-McKinley community and, more importantly, the Shirakawa family!