Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Welcome to Gold Strike High School and Sierra Hills Education Center! We are excited to have you and your child as a member of our school community, and are eager to celebrate successes as we embark on a new school year.

First, let me tell you a little about myself...

I grew up in Valley Springs and graduated from Calaveras High in 1999. I attended San Joaquin Delta College then transferred to San Francisco State University and finished my Bachelors Degree in Biology. I was a substitute teacher at various sites in CUSD and also taught 7th grade life science and elementary intervention. Eventually I started my teaching internship and taught at Toyon Middle School for four years (Language Arts, World History, Journalism/Yearbook) while also working towards my administrative credential and Masters Degree in Educational Administration at University of Pacific. In 2010 I moved to Calaveras High School, teaching Biology and Student Leadership, and serving as Assistant Principal. Later I promoted to Principal at Valley Springs Elementary until my transition to Alternative Education. I am in the process of writing my dissertation for my Doctorate of Education. I have made my home in Valley Springs with my wonderful husband, three children, two dogs, and one  cat. We enjoy watching and playing sports, traveling, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. We feel very fortunate to live in this community.

The staff at Gold Strike is prepared to provide your child with the best education possible. Your role in this mission is critical, and I highly encourage you to become involved in your child’s education, through school volunteering, and/or through communication and contact with your child’s teacher and support staff. Please keep the lines of communication open as much as possible, so we can address issues directly and in a timely manner. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to contact either your child’s teacher, or myself directly.

I look forward to forging a strong partnership with you, as we work together to support the needs of your child.


René Malamed