The Gilroy Unified School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Nebesnick as the Principal and Deedy Camarena as the Assistant Principal of Brownell Middle School. The official announcement was made at the May 19, 2022 regular Board Meeting where the appointments were accepted by the Board of Education. Mr. Nebesnick and Ms. Camarena previously served as interim appointees in the same positions at Brownell Middle.
Mike Nebesnick - Principal, Brownell Middle School
Mike Nebesnick is the newly appointed Principal of Brownell Middle School, having served as interim Principal since October 2021. Prior to that, Mike began serving as the Assistant Principal in the 2018-2019 school year and was the interim Assistant Principal during the 2017-18 school year. He was a sixth grade teacher at Brownell and has served as an administrator in the District at other school sites before landing at Brownell. Mike graduated from Gilroy High School and began his career in Gilroy Unified School District in 1989. He is a Gilroy native and resident and his three daughters are Gilroy High School graduates. His daughter, Megan, is an elementary school teacher in GUSD as well, currently teaching 2nd grade at Glen View Elementary School. He attended U.C.Santa Barbara and San Jose State University. He obtained a Bachelor of.Arts in Liberal Studies with minors in Math and Computer Science. He has a Masters in Educational Organization from San Jose State University..
Denise “Deedy” Camarena - Assistant Principal, Brownell Middle School
Deedy Camarena is the newly appointed Assistant Principal at Brownell Middle School. She served as the interim Assistant Principal beginning in October 2021. As the Interim Assistant Principal at Brownell Middle School, Deedy Camarena worked closely with principals, teachers, and other stakeholders to assess student and staff needs. Ms. Camarena executes services in the areas of PBIS, ELD, and World Language curricula, implementation of the ELD, World and Spanish Language Development Standards, Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching, 6 Goals of Equity, Academic Language, supporting Newcomers, Immigrants and Refugees, Universal Design for Learning as well as Blended Learning. She possesses knowledge and experience in developing purposeful, relevant professional development which positively impacts student learning.
Prior to being an assistant principal, Deedy served as the Santa Clara County Office of Education Coordinator of ELD, Dual and World Languages, a district-wide ELD Summer School administrator, ELD Coach, ELD Teacher on Special Assignment, World Language high school teacher as well as an elementary school teacher. She received extensive training in pedagogy that supports Multilingual Learners, analyzing and evaluating data to inform instruction, equitable instruction and developing systems and structures for language development.