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.
Daniel Dennedy-Frank joins the Shirakawa Family as new Assistant Principal.
Daniel Dennedy-Frank is an educator that is passionate about creating equitable and joyful learning environments. Originally from New Mexico, Daniel earned a B.A. (Psychology and Spanish) from Whitman College and M.A.s from UC Berkeley (Educational Psychology) and Stanford (Curriculum and Instruction). He has taught preschool through fifth grade, including teaching in a bilingual Spanish program in Santa Clara. He has training in Reading Recovery, SEAL (Sobrato Early Academic Language), and leading teachers in collaborative planning. The past two years, Daniel ran a K-8 summer academy for students that were newcomers to the U.S. or qualified for Migrant Education. Outside of school, Daniel loves to spend time with his wife, daughter, and extended family. Usually that time involves cooking or getting outdoors. He is excited to join Shirakawa students, families, teachers, and staff in the collective effort of supporting student success.