Cheryl A. Domenichelli

Contact Information

Office

Berkeley Way West #4333

2121 Berkeley Way

Email

c.domenichelli@berkeley.edu

Cheryl Domenichelli holds the positions Director of the 21CSLA Alameda Regional Academy and Leadership Coach within the Principal Leadership Institute, working with education leaders both domestically and internationally to forward the work of building equitable school systems. Her work is tied to the tenets of the Principal Leadership Institute masters degree program, thus Dr. Domenichelli purposefully engages in elevating conversations of social justice and equity particularly as they pertain to historically underserved students: black, brown, English learners and those who are economically disadvantaged. Dr. Domenichelli consults with school districts and organizations to further the work of equity and social justice.

Prior to joining the PLI, Dr. Domenichelli served in public education for 22 years as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal and in the central office as a program coordinator. In each of these roles, Dr. Domenichelli engaged in systemic reform of school structures that generated improved outcomes for historically underserved students. She was the founding principal of Kimball High School which opened in 2009 and by 2011 became the top performing school in San Joaquin County. Under her leadership, Kimball H.S. was a recipient of the US News and World Report Bronze Award in 2014. Dr. Domenichelli was named California Secondary Principal of the Year in 2012 and subsequently acknowledged in the Congressional Record, 113th Congress, for her work. Dr. Domenichelli’s work in K-12 culminated in oversight of academic planning and implementation of the Antioch Unified School District LCAP. She retired in 2016 from Antioch Unified School District and immediately joined the Principal Leadership Institute to continue the work of school transformation towards equity for all students.

Education

Doctor of Education, Ed.D: Education Leadership, 2011
UC Berkeley – Berkeley CA
Emphasis in Education Equity and Systemic Reform

Administrative Services Credential, 2003
Saint Mary’s College – Moraga CA

Master of Arts: Education Leadership, 2003
Saint Mary’s College – Moraga CA

Single Subject Teaching Credential, 1995
Cal State East Bay – Hayward CA

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Interior Design, 1987
John F. Kennedy University – Orinda CA
Emphasis in Interior Architecture

Publications and Presentations

The Influence of Cognitive Autonomy and Learning

Environments on Student Academic Performance, 2011

Equity and Education: Guest Presenter, University of the Pacific, Stockton CA, 2009

Equity and Education: Guest Presenter, Saint Mary’s College, Moraga CA, 2003 and 2004

Student Voices: Video Documentary on Race and the School Experience, 2000

Research Interests

Chaos & Complexity Theories as they relate to systemic reforms in education

Professional History

Coordinator of Programs for Visiting Leaders, Principal Leadership Institute, UC Berkeley 2016–Present

Leadership Coach, Principal Leadership Institute, UC Berkeley 2016–Present

Coordinator, Outreach and Community Engagement 2014–2016

Principal, Tracy Unified School District 2008–2014

Assistant Principal, Antioch Unified School District 2003–2008

Teacher, Antioch Unified School District 1995–2003

Purchasing Agent, GTE Lenkurt 1981–1983

Project Management, GTE Lenkurt 1978–1981

Awards and Honors

US News and World Reports Bronze Award 2014 – John C. Kimball High School, Nationally ranked top 27 percent of high schools

National Association of Secondary School Principals, California State Principal of the Year, 2013

Acknowledged in the Congressional Record, 113th Congress, 2013 – 2014

Association for California School Administrators, California State Principal of the Year, 2012

Santa Clara County Office of Education, National Semi Conductor, Internet Institute Award, 2002

People Who Make a Difference Award, 2000

California Parent Teacher Association, Honorary Service Award, 1994

Selected Professional Activity

Facilitator, Local Control and Accountability Plan Advisory Committee, Antioch Unified School District 2014–2016

Facilitator, African American Male Achievement Committee, Antioch Unified School District 2014–2016

Region 7 Representative, ACSA Equity Achievement and Diversity for Success Committee, 2012–2014

Superintendent's Diversity and Equity Committee, Tracy Unified School District, 2011–2014

TUDS District Diversity and Equity Steering Committee, Tracy Unified School District, 2011–2014

Board Member, Tomorrow Project, University of the Pacific, Stockton CA, 2010–2012

Board Member, Green Consortium, Tracy CA, 2008–2014

Trainer of Trainers, CFIER Restructuring Project, Interest Based Problem Solving, 1996