The Kentfield School District welcomes Grant Althouse as the new principal at Kent Middle School beginning this Fall. Grant comes to Kentfield from a successful tenure as an elementary school principal, a middle school assistant principal, and fifth grade teacher in the Palo Alto Unified School District.
“Throughout our interview process, Grant stood out as a dynamic educator who is committed to the whole child,” said Liz Schott, Superintendent Kentfield School District. “I have never heard such praise for a professional and a person as I did when speaking to Grant’s references. It was quite inspirational.”
Grant holds a M.A. in education administration from Santa Clara University and a B.A. in English with a minor in education from U.C. Davis. Althouse has been a noted speaker on social emotional learning, inclusion, and middle school leadership at national educational conferences and completed courses on Next Generation Science Standards, social-emotional development, equity, reading, writing, and he attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education’s prestigious Art of Leadership program.
Assistant Principal, Jenny Walsh, is a local girl. Born in San Francisco, she attended K-12 schools in Marin. In fact, she is a graduate of both Bacich and Kent. After graduating Marin Catholic High School, she attended UCLA where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater. Her experiences in college included a year abroad in England sponsored by Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied with the British American Drama Academy.
Later, her interest in American Sign Language lead her to an internship at the California School for the Deaf where she worked in a second grade classroom. She loved teaching so much that she decided to go into education. Upon completion of her teaching credential program through Dominican University, Jenny joined the Kent staff as a fifth grade teacher in 1998. She then taught 6th grade speech and 7th grade language arts. Jenny moved into administration in 2005 when she became Assistant Principal. She holds a Multiple Subjects Clear Credential with a CLAD emphasis and a Professional Clear Credential in Administrative Leadership.
Jenny lives in Marin with her husband and two children. They enjoy spending time together hiking and biking the beautiful trails of Marin.