Principal Lena Van Haren is entering her 6th year at Everett Middle School and her 3rd as Principal. This school year marks her 17th year of middle school (3 as an actual middle school student and 14 years working in middle schools). She loves the energy, independence and creativity of middle school minds. Originally, she taught 6th and 7th grade at Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto California; eventually taking on a teacher leader role as an instructional coach. She then attended UC Berkeley’s Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) and received her masters in Educational Leadership, and was offered an administrative position at Everett. Van Haren joined a group of talented school leaders and teachers who turned Everett around from failing school to “most-in-demand” in just a few short years. She enjoys balancing her passion for urban school leadership with motherhood; her two daughters, 6 month old Camila and 2.5 year old Sabine, often like to come visit “mommy’s school”.
Harini Aravamudhan, Assistant Principal
Harini Aravamudhan is entering her 7th year at Everett Middle School and 2nd year in her role as Assistant Principal. This is her 12th year working in schools (and getting paid for it). She started started her partnership with different elementary school as a high school student and maintained her work with youth through out college. She has taught pre-k to 8th grade and has taught across the world as well. Through her experiences, she is sure that middle school holds a sweet place in her heart, as the students are at this age of humor, self-discovery and out right silliness! She is inspired by the work that the staff is collectively doing at Everett. Her vision is to find a model in which public schools truly are vehicles for civil rights movements, and she counts her blessings each day that her work and passion are one and the same! When she is not at Everett, she can often be found cooking up a storm or working on her dominoes skills!
Lindsay Dowdle, Assistant Principal
Assistant principal Lindsay Dowdle is thoroughly enjoying her second year at Everett Middle School. After working in SFUSD elementary schools as a fourth grade teacher, reading intervention facilitator for seven years, she enrolled in the Principal Leadership Institute at UC Berkeley to acquire a masters in educational leadership. The new adventures of leadership and middle school are providing the kind of problem solving and learning experiences she loves. She delights in the quirkiness of middle school and appreciates that middle school is filled with humans undergoing transformations as students uncover their values and establish themselves as young adults. When she’s not supporting the Everett community drive towards its vision, she’s likely walking her dogs, playing soccer, or daydreaming about the next day she can go skiing.