Linda Gubler Junge was named Crescenta Valley High School's new principal this week by Glendale Unified officials.
Supt. Dick Sheehan said Gubler Junge was "an excellent fit" for Crescenta Valley after hearing input from the school's staff and parents in recent weeks about the qualities the next principal should have after Michele Doll's departure for a district-level post.
Following the announcement at Tuesday night's school board meeting, Gubler Junge (pronounced "young") thanked Sheehan and her colleagues.
"This is a great honor for me and I really appreciate the trust in me that it represents from you," she said. "CV is a school with an amazing history, tradition, legacy and academics and athletics, and I look forward to building on that legacy."
Gubler Junge comes with 16 years of experience within Glendale Unified, beginning in 1997 as a Spanish teacher at Glendale High, where she became an assistant principal in 2004.
For the past four years, she has served as principal of Muir Elementary, where she established the school's Spanish dual-language immersion program.
Raised in Glendale, Gubler Junge was the youngest of her seven siblings to graduate from Hoover High School in 1990.
At a meeting in May, parents suggested the new principal embrace the school's diversity, foster a nurturing environment, have ties to La Crescenta and maintain the school's academic and athletic success.
"I think she meets all the qualifications that they described," Sheehan said.
Gubler Junge's husband, Jason Junge, is a 1993 graduate of Crescenta Valley High, and his mother was among the school's first graduating classes.
"It will be OK to dedicate the amount of time I'm going to have to," she said.
Ahead of her official start date on July 1, Gubler Junge has met with the school's staff to ask what they are most proud of and what they might change.
She is looking forward to getting to know the students, the school's culture and addressing struggles teens face with drugs or depression.
"It breaks my heart to know the reality that kids are struggling so profoundly," she said. "I want to get a sense as to why that is, and how the school and community can come together and address that most effectively."
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