Photo taken by Darian Mohsenin
This school year, Pinewood welcomed a new principal, Gabriel Lemmon. He has shown his dedication and love for Pinewood through hard work and positivity. During an interview, Lemmon shared his story, starting in Boise, Idaho, eventually bringing him here to Los Altos Hills.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in Boise and stayed in Idaho for college, attending the College of Idaho.
Q: What do you love most about Pinewood?
A: All of the wonderful things that people have said about Pinewood, I have definitely noticed. Pinewood is such a warm community of people that are together in ways that I have never seen before. Another amazing thing is the wonderful teachers! I get to know them, work with them, and help them. That’s what’s so great about being a principal, the ability to support and help other people. When a teacher needs help with something, and you get the opportunity to help them, it is so amazing.
Q: Last year, you followed previous principal, Mark Gardner, around learning the ropes. What is one thing you loved about him?
A: Mr. Gardner was always so embracing of me. Such a low-ego guy! While he was showing me around, he would say, “Well this is how I do it, but I’m sure you’ll do it better than I did.” He made what could’ve been an awkward year so welcoming.
Q: If you had to complete one item on your bucket list, what would it be?
A: Sumo wrestling. I love the pure simplicity of the sport: knock the guy over or push him out of the circle, that’s it. Such a simplistic, beautiful thing.
With such a hard worker entering the community, Pinewood is fortunate to have Lemmon not only as a principal to look up to, but also a friend to turn to.