New Pioneer Elementary principal is a 13-year veteran of the school

dyawger@mercedsunstar.comJuly 14, 2013 

— Michal Lomeli has been at Pioneer Elementary School for 13 years in two capacities. Now she's the principal of the 929-student school on the outskirts of Merced.

Lomeli, 36, was promoted to principal by the Weaver Union School District Board of Trustees. The former vice principal, she replaces Mike Weber, who is becoming principal at Weaver Middle School.

"Each job I've had I've loved so much," Lomeli said. "This is something that wasn't planned. It's a little bit of a shock. But I'm excited and humbled at the opportunity. It's a school I've loved and known for years."

Lomeli, who has undergraduate and master's degrees from California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock, has been Pioneer's vice principal for eight years and was a school counselor there for six years.

"I want to maintain the standard of excellence for students and families," Lomeli said. "Our challenge is to keep our standards of excellence in the midst of Common Core. The number one goal is to do our best for the kids."

John Curry, Weaver superintendent, praised Lomeli.

"The board and I are very confident Michal is ready for this position," Curry said. "She's a leader and knows Pioneer School; it's a natural step for her."

Reporter Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or dyawger@mercedsunstar.com.

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