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.
Eugene Santillan joins the Shirakawa Team as new Assistant Principal.
Eugene is a Bay Area native born and raised in Fremont, Ca. He attended UC Santa Cruz, earned a B.A. in American Studies, returned to the Bay Area and started teaching, and over the past 15 years built a greater and greater passion for helping young learners and their families. Eugene has a M.A. in Multi-Cultural Curriculum and Instruction, has a strong background in providing wrap-around support services and has been working in Alameda County as an Assistant Principal. He comes from a family of educators and believes providing equitable access to high quality educational experiences is the key to building a strong democracy and opportunities for economic mobility. Eugene lives in the East Bay with his wife and 4 year-old son where he enjoys making art and music, cooking and growing heirloom veggies year round. He is excited to join the Shirakawa team and help support the entire Franklin-McKinley community!