Shea Borges named NUSD’s Certificated Manager of the Year

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“Wow!”

Caught by surprise, that’s how Natomas Middle School Principal Shea Borges reacted today (Nov. 6) when Supt. Chris Evans announced with a bouquet of flowers that she is NUSD’s Certificated Manager of the Year. The good news came during a regularly scheduled meeting of district principals.

At Natomas Middle School, Borges oversees the district’s only International Baccalaureate program for 7th and 8th-graders, formally titled the “IB Middle Years Programme.” The school also has implemented a Restorative Justice program and Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) to help ensure a safe, welcoming, and equitable learning environment.

Supervisor of Schools Lauren Odell applauded the selection, saying Borges is an exemplary principal who has been very active in mentoring new teachers and administrators at Natomas Middle School. She also is a lifelong learner, often reading books about improving and expanding her horizons as a school leader, Odell said.

Borges’ leadership style is hands-on and effective: She is very active in classroom observation to enhance teaching, rigor, and student learning. She has participated personally in and been very involved with Restorative Justice circles – a key interaction with students. She also has been quick to volunteer for district committees or task forces as a voice for secondary schools, Odell said.

Borges is serving her third year as principal of Natomas Middle School after previously serving briefly as interim principal of the school.

A six-year NUSD employee, her resume includes stints as an assistant principal at Natomas High School and as a district office administrator assisting with district-wide projects, activities and events. She previously worked for the Twin Rivers Unified School District as a teacher, instructional coach and administrator. Borges began her career at Delta Vista Middle School in Oakley, where she was a 6th grade teacher and basketball coach.

Here’s how Supt. Evans announced her selection as Certificated Manager of the Year today (Nov. 6) …