Sonoma Valley Unified Selects New Superintendent

Following an extensive search, the Sonoma Valley Unified School District has unanimously selected Socorro Shiels as the finalist for the Superintendent position.

Shiels is currently the Education Director for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence.

“Ms. Shiels was selected from our six highly qualified semi-finalist candidates brought to us by Leadership Associates,” said Sonoma Valley Unified School Board President Britta Johnson. “Of the seated Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, and State Leaders interviewed, Socorro’s compassion coupled with her state-wide and local experience are a great match for our Sonoma Valley Unified community.”

Shiels has nearly 20 years of public education experience at the administrative and classroom level. She currently serves as the Director of Education for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence. Prior to her work with the CCEE, Shiels most recently served as the Superintendent of Santa Rosa City School. She left in her fourth year leading the district which serves more than 16,000 students across 25 school sites.

She also served on the Instructional Quality Commission for the California Department of Education and as a representative for the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team. Previously, she served on multiple boards and teams that strengthened community such as the County’s Health Action Board and the Upstream Investment Team. She continues to serve Sonoma County as a First Five Commissioner.

The Sonoma Valley Unified Board of Trustees will approve her contract at the April 17 meeting.