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Renee Knapp of Golden West promoted to vice principal
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Renee Knapp has just been promoted to vice principal. But her next school assignment is yet to be announced.

The promotion of Golden West Elementary School’s program coordinator was announced Tuesday night after the Board of Trustees came out of closed session. Board President Evelyn Moore made the announcement that the seven trustees voted unanimously in favor of Knapp who was present at the meeting. She did not make any statement about her appointment.

“She is the recommended choice of the interview committee,” read the official statement from the school district. One of her references also stated that “her professionalism, outstanding character, and committed attitude are manifested every day.”

Knapp, who was interviewed for the position on Monday, only learned about her selection just prior to the board meeting, according to her husband, Rick.

“She is a very goal-oriented person, and this is one of the things that she wanted to do,” he said.

She also wanted to teach, and that she has done for 17 years, he added.

“I’m happy for my wife and I support her all the way,” said Rick Knapp, a power plant operator for the Delta-Mendota Canal.

The couple have two young daughters – Lily, age 6-1/2, and Audrey, 4-1/2, who both attend schools in Valley Springs where the family has lived since 2003.

Knapp, who holds a California Administrative Credential and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, graduated from Truman State University in Missouri where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development. She received her master’s degree in education in 1996.

She was appointed program coordinator at Golden West School in 2011. Her responsibilities included “monitoring site assessment data for grade level benchmarks, presenting and disseminating data and information to the teachers and administration, staff development, and chairing the Student Success Team meetings.”

Knapp came to Manteca Unified in 2002 from Nevada where she taught for several years. She started her stint in Manteca as a teacher at Stella Brockman Elementary School where she taught junior high science and physical education. Additionally, she was a Leadership teacher and Student Council advisor.

She also served as administrative designee at the school with duties that included discipline and serving on site teams and committees.