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Meet Our Principal

Principal Peter Van Tassel

known as "Mr. V.T.", was born and raised in Oakland and attended Oakland public schools. He attended Pomona College in Southern California and started his teaching career at Humphreys Avenue Elementary in East Los Angeles. In 2003, he moved back to Oakland, working at Chavez Middle School in Hayward. From 2006 to spring 2013, he served as Vice-Principal at Westlake Middle school in Oakland. He joined the Cleveland community in the summer of 2013.

In his free time, Mr. VT enjoys traveling, DJing, Oakland nationalism, extreme cooking, and riding bicycles with his wife throughout the beautiful city of Oakland. His travels have taken him to Cambodia, Cuba, El Salvador, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Thailand, Viet Nam, and Emeryville, but Oakland will always be home.