New vice principal looks forward to being a “positive advocate” for students


Sentinel Staff

Vice Principal Kara Ravina is pleased to be at Northgate where she sees “student advocate” as a top role.

Sophia Tribendis, Staff Writer

As many students are finding, it is challenging to get to know classmates, teachers, school surroundings, and advisors during distance learning. As a freshman who is new to the school, this is especially hard.

One person experiencing Northgate and trying to get to know students and staff is not a freshman student – she is the administrative team’s newest member.

Kara Ravina joined the school this year, joining with returning Vice Principal Craig Bocks. She takes the place of Kelly Cooper, who became the school’s principal in July after the departure of Michael McAlister.

It is amazing how much we rely on face-to-face contact to develop relationships,” Ravina said in a recent interview, referring to starting the year in a mostly virtual setting. 

Nevertheless, Ravina has been busy building relationships. She is working from school, where she sees about two dozen teachers and staff, as well as students who come onto campus occasionally for books or assistance. She has also been meeting with students, families, and teachers – and even visiting some classes over Zoom or Google Meet. 

“I am thankful for the time we have in classes and meetings, but the casual nature of in-person dialogue is really nice,” Ravina said.

Principal Kelly Cooper stated recently that she is thrilled to have Ravina on the administrative team.“She has already proven to be a creative problem solver with an admirable work ethic,” Cooper said.

Ravina has been an educator in the Bay Area for the past twenty years. Previously, she taught in the Acalanes Union High School District as the Director of Instrumental Music at Las Lomas High School.

With her professional educational background, Ravina has “many years of experience in vocal music and piano.” She has an undergraduate degree in Music Performance, emphasizing education, and a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership. Both came from California State University East Bay. While she is accomplished on many instruments, her lead is the trumpet. 

Besides her educational background, Ravina also has many inspirations and goals in her life. She describes herself as one who likes to carry a “growth mindset” and is inspired by many individuals daily. She says she has found inspiration through family, colleagues, friends, and students. 

While she finds inspiration through students, one of her goals at Northgate is also to support students. She finds developing student leadership something essential to her. Ravina said her plans include “supporting the teaching staff, and supporting equity throughout the school and district,” 

She described her family and her work in education as her most proud accomplishments. “I am very proud to be a mother to my two children,” she said, of her 11 and 8-year-old. Her husband, Jason Ravina, became Foothill Middle School’s music teacher this year. 

Educationally, gaining her master’s degree is one of her most successful moments in life. “I am very proud of the work I did in my master’s degree. My program anchored everything from a social justice lens – this was so impactful for my development as an educator and person,” she said. She added that she enjoys and looks forward to being a mentor in education and a “positive advocate” for students.