Annette Grasty, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
Mrs. Annette Grasty assumed the role of Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Franklin-McKinley School District on January 2, 2020. Annette has over 30 plus years of experience in public education. Prior to joining Franklin-McKinley School District, Annette was the Director of Human Resources for Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District, where she created new HR procedures, streamlined the hiring process, and implemented an employee assistance program (EAP) for all staff. Annette has also been an administrator/principal for Sunnyvale School District, where she led three Title 1 schools to Distinguished, Gold Ribbon, and Title 1 Academic Achievement status. In her role at Sunnyvale School District, she mentored new principals, and was a member of the bargaining and negotiations teams. She opened a new school, developed a Science Magnet school, and was also a board member with Sunnyvale Community Services, where she partnered with agencies to provide food and supplies to families in need.
Annette received her bachelor’s degree in music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. She also received her master’s degree in music performance from the University of Michigan. Upon moving to California, she began teaching instrumental music and taught third grade at Ravenswood City School District prior to becoming certified as an administrator. Annette also has a second master’s degree in Education Administration from San Francisco State University.
She has worked throughout her career as an instructional leader and team builder to engage and develop the talents of others to attain results. She has developed partnerships with universities and organizations to support students and staff while benefitting the organization. In addition, Annette is student-centered focused, while balancing and accepting all viewpoints and promoting what best serves the student. Pursuing the Franklin-McKinley School District's vision of “Preparing all Children as Global Learners” while recruiting and retaining exceptional staff is her daily professional and department goal.
Jason Vann, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services
Jason Vann is the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services at Franklin-McKinley School District. He assumed his role as Assistant Superintendent on January 22, 2018. Jason has worked in public education for 8+ years and a combined total of 22 years of professional accounting and finance experience. Prior to joining the Franklin-McKinley School District team, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Cambrian School District in San Jose for 4 and a half years. He also worked at the Santa Clara County Office of Education for 4 years in various roles including District Business Advisor (performing AB 1200 Fiscal Oversight duties) for several school districts.
Jason began his career in education as a substitute teacher in Ravenswood City School District. As much as Jason loved working with students, he wanted to tie that passion with his love for numbers and thus began his career in school finance.
Prior to working in education, Jason started in the audit practice of Ernst & Young (“E&Y”) in New York, then as a financial manager in the reporting department of Interpublic Group of Companies (“IPG”), and then back to E&Y in San Jose in their Transaction Advisory Services Group (all prior to entering the world of school business). During that time period, Jason worked with Fortune 500 companies in various industries, received several promotions, gained managerial experience, and helped lead changes that made financial reporting more efficient while meeting the constantly changing requirements. Jason also had the opportunity to perform agreed-upon financial due diligence procedures that provided financial advice to various clients contemplating possible acquisitions or dispositions of the entire company or their subsidiaries.
Jason earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from State University of New York at Binghamton. Jason has also earned a Certified Public Accountant license from the State of New York. Jason enjoys traveling and relaxing weekends with his family in their San Jose home and surrounding parks. Jason is also anxiously awaiting a new addition to his family in April of 2018. Jason truly believes in supporting all staff and all students of educational programs any way he can so students have the critical thinking skill set needed to excel in the ever-changing and extremely diverse global workforce. Through the integration of efficient and effective procedures, talented and creative staff, technology, community support, strategic investments and rigorous instruction, Franklin-McKinley School District is perfectly positioned to deliver on its promise of “Preparing All Children as Global Learners”.
Norma Martinez Palmer, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
Dr. Norma Martinez-Palmer has dedicated over 35 years serving students and families in Santa Clara County. She began her career in San José Unified (SJUSD) as a teacher and teacher leader providing professional development to classified staff, teachers, site and district administrators. She later served as Director of Bilingual Education and English Learner Programs, Director of Elementary Education and Director of Educational Equity.
Her contributions in SJUSD include the expansion of dual immersion programs at the elementary and secondary levels, supporting schools in Program Improvement and implementing the district’s equity policy. In 2013, she became the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Morgan Hill Unified leading the district in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards through the design of a multi-year professional development plan that included a focus on early literacy and teacher collaboration.
She has taught courses at San José State University and at California State University, East Bay in teacher education and school leadership. She was employed at the Santa Clara County Office of Education as the Director of Credentialing Programs preparing future teachers in Special Education and aspiring school administrators. Dr. Martinez-Palmer holds a master’s degree and doctorate in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco where she also completed a minor in Organizational Leadership. She is an experienced group facilitator and has worked for local school districts coaching school principals. Her passion is on improving teaching and learning in pursuit of a just, meaningful and relevant experience for all students and their families.
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