Throughout his professional career, St. Helena High School Vice Principal Greg Fetters says, he was intent on working his way toward a job in the Napa Valley.
A native of Redding, Fetters started as a teacher in Pittsburg and Vallejo. He then earned an administrative credential at Sonoma State University before working as an administrator at a charter high school in Sacramento.
He took a position at Vallejo’s Hogan High School as a curriculum reform coordinator, and later became vice principal and principal. When Hogan closed in 2011, the Vallejo City Unified School District asked Fetters to stay on as vice principal.
“I always wanted to get closer to Napa,” said Fetters. “I had heard great things about St. Helena and about the district’s strategic plan and what they are trying to do.”
When Ben Scinto vacated the St. Helena High School vice principal job to become principal, Fetters applied to fill it, along with 85 other candidates. After interviews with a community panel and a teacher/staff panel, the list was reduced to three, who were interviewed by Scinto, St. Helena Teachers Association President Dan Boyett and Margarita Rodriguez, the secretary for the SHHS principal.
Fetters’ name was the only one forwarded to Superintendent Bill McGuire and Assistant Superintendent Cindy Toews for a final selection. “It is a perfect fit for my abilities,” said Fetters, who will be responsible for school discipline, among many other tasks.
“I have extensive experience in developing Small Learning Communities and Career Academies, and I look forward to helping SHHS continue to grow and flourish,” he said. “I am excited to work with the exceptional students of St. Helena High School and get to know them and their families. Everything our district stands for is everything I have tried to work on. I am looking forward to making St. Helena High School my home.
“I get the opportunity to work with a real school team, made up of dedicated, talented teachers and staff and also with Ben Scinto,” said Fetters. “I was so impressed by the professionalism and excitement demonstrated by St. Helena’s teachers and staff over the summer — coming back to school during their vacation to prepare for the next year.”
Teaching runs in the Fetters family. His wife, Noelle, teaches second grade at Wardlaw Elementary School in Vallejo.
Their son Patrick, 17, a fifth-generation student at St. Patrick/St. Vincent’s, is thinking about a career as a teacher.
Fetters’ mother was a high school French teacher, and his father taught history at a community college in Redding. His father-in-law was an assistant superintendent and principal, and his mother-in-law was a principal.
Fetters lives with his family in Vallejo.
(This article was provided by the St. Helena Unified School District.)