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Educational Services

The Educational Services Department is committed to serving the children, families, and community of Newark.  Our goal is to attain equally high levels of achievement for all children enrolled in Newark schools.

Educational Services is also committed to collaborative decision-making by District Leadership (Educational Services and Site Principals), compliance with state and federal regulations, and the development of professional learning communities.

We value equity and inclusivity, and strive for clear communication, data-informed and collaborative decision-making, continuous improvement, accessibility, and responsiveness to all of our stakeholders.


About our Staff

Soleste Hilberg, Ph.D., Assistant Superintendent

(510) 818-4201

Soleste Hilberg is committed to equity and opportunity for children through rigorous, research-based instruction.  She supports the transition to the Common Core State Standards and the integration of standards, standards-based curriculum, research-based instruction, professional development, assessment, and accountability.  She oversees Educational Services departments and programs:  Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability; Pupil Services; and Special Education.  She is also responsible for auxiliary services including research, staff development, categorical compliance, special projects, the instructional materials center, the local BTSA, the District English Learner Program Advisory Committee, and the East Bay BTSA Consortium.


Christine Herrera, Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent

(510) 818-4201

Christine Herrera is the administrative assistant to the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.  She also supports Williams site visits, professional development, budgets, contracts, and District Leadership meetings, as well as manages the district calendar, guest teachers, and curriculum sufficiency.


Debbie Ashmore, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability 

(510) 818-4113

Debbie Ashmore supports Newark schools in ongoing improvement through cycles of inquiry focused on effective instruction, student learning, and professional development.  She directs the administration, analysis and reporting of state and local testing programs, including the Smarter Balanced Assessments, STAR, CELDT, CAHSEE, District Benchmarks, and the Physical Fitness Test.  She coordinates the selection and implementation of new curriculum, School Accountability Report Cards (SARC's), the English Learner Program, report cards, grading, Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSAs), and instructional interventions.


Miranda Dinsmore, Assessment Technician

(510) 818-4147

Miranda Dinsmore is committed to supporting parents and students, all school sites, and Educational Services.  She reports to and supports the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Accountability.  She provides technical support for state mandated and district assessment programs including elementary district assessments, CAHSEE, Smarter Balanced Assessment System, STAR, CELDT, and Physical Fitness Testing. She maintains the Online Assessment and Reporting System (OARS), and coordinates ELA and Math district benchmarks assessments.  Additionally, she supports the preparation and maintenance of a variety of data reports, records, presentations, and files related to state and federal assessments and accountability.


Bill Whitton, Coordinator of Student Development and Pupil Services

(510) 818-4226

Bill Whitton administers various student and family programs, including the School Attendance Review board (SARB), suspensions and expulsions, foster youth and homeless programs, enrollment, school safety, home teaching, and student health.  He also supports district programs and services for students and families such as dental programs, emotional and mental health programs, parent partners, and attendance support initiatives.


Sarah Keiser, Student Development Technician

(510) 818-4202

The Student Development Technician reports to and supports the Student Development and Pupil Services Coordinator, as well as provides support for Categorical Compliance.  This includes the School Attendance Review Board (SARB), suspensions and expulsions, foster youth and homeless programs, enrollment, school safety, home teaching, and student health, as well as district programs and services for students and families.


Jamie Valenzuela-Mumau, Ph.D., Director of Special Projects, LCFF, Federal Program & Accountability

(510) 818-4196

Jamie Valenzuela-Mumau coordinates English Language Learner programs; intervention and prevention services; Program Improvement; LCFF, FPM, and federal, and special projects.  Plans and manages programs and services that support school and district improvement including:  professional development for administrators and teachers, school assistance and intervention, and school support.  Provides technical assistance for identified schools to support school district improvement efforts.


Eileen Weeks, Science and Academic Achievement

(510) 818-4203

Eileen Weeks supports district and school improvement efforts to increase student achievement.  She supports the implementation of the BaySci effort in the Newark Unified School District by coordinating and promoting BaySci activities, and serving as a point of contact between the district and the Lawrence Hall of Science.


Department Directory


Soleste Hilberg, Ph.D. Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services (510) 818-4201
Christine Herrera Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent (510) 818-4201
Debbie Ashmore Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability           (510) 818-4113
Miranda Dinsmore Assessment Technician (510) 818-4147      
Bill Whitton Coordinator of Student Development and Pupil Services (510) 818-4226
Sarah Keiser Student Development Technician (510) 818-4202          
Jamie Valenzuela-Mumau Director, of Special Projects, LCFF, Federal Programs and Accountability (510) 818-4196
Eileen Weeks Science and Academic Achievement Coordinator (510) 818-4203