Dr. Vivian Rhone-Lay
Dr. Vivian Rhone-Lay is proud to be the founding principal of Kathleen MacDonald High School and is excited to be a part of Santa Clara Unified School District. Dr. Rhone-Lay brings with her a wealth of experience in public education leadership. She has served as a dean of students at Foothill and Independence High schools, as an associate principal of educational development at Evergreen Valley High School, and most recently as a principal at Santa Teresa and Phoenix High schools in San Jose.
Prior to that, Dr. Rhone-Lay has taught grades 8-12, served as an English department chair and new teacher induction coach, and was a teacher education instructor and program chair at UCSC Silicon Valley Extension. She has also worked on various research teams and was part of an award-winning software development team centered on the California High School Exit Exam.
Dr. Rhone-Lay has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from UC Berkeley, an M.A. in Education from UCSB, and a Ph. D in Education from UCSB.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Dr. Rhone-Lay knew from a very young age that she wanted to be in public service. During the weekends, she enjoys long walks with her family, which includes her husband, a toddler, and her dog, Lulu.
Rick Hayashi is honored to be the founding Vice-Principal at Kathleen MacDonald High School. He has been in education for over 25 years and combines his knowledge as an educational leader with his background as a mental health therapist.
Mr. Hayashi served as a Mental Health Counselor, School Counselor, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, and Summer School Principal in the Campbell Union High School District. He takes a whole child approach when designing school systems and structures that include academic, behavior, and social-emotional growth and development.
Mr. Hayashi has his B.A. in Psychology at Long Beach State and an M.A. in School Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy at San Francisco State. He also earned an M.A. in Educational Leadership at San Jose State.
Born and raised in the bay area, Mr. Hayashi enjoys spending time with his family. Watching his 2 kids play high school football and lacrosse provides him a sense of joy and pride. In his spare time, he can be found hiking, mountain bike riding, or on a golf course.
Dr. Terry Flora
Dr. Terry Flora is honored to be part of the founding Vice Principal team at Kathleen MacDonald High School. He was born and raised in Santa Clara, and attended SCUSD schools throughout his childhood. He has been in education for over 16 years and has served students and families in a variety of capacities.
Dr. Flora began his education career serving students and families in the Campbell Union High School District. He began as a high school social science teacher before moving into school administration as a Dean of Students and then as an Assistant Principal. He spent a year working at San Jose State University as a researcher, a lecturer for the teaching credential program, and also as a project manager for a teacher professional development program focused on English learner support strategies. Dr. Flora then moved to Santa Clara Unified School District as a site administrator. While at SCUSD, Dr. Flora has served as a Vice Principal for Santa Clara High School, High School Summer School Principal, and Principal at Cabrillo Middle School.
Dr. Flora, a first generation college graduate, earned his B.A. in Social Science at San Diego State with an emphasis on obtaining a teaching credential. During this time earning his B.A., he spent two semesters traveling to various parts of the world while living on a ship as part of the study abroad program, Semester at Sea. His time abroad allowed him to learn about various world cultures, experience many adventures, and helped to shape his path as a professional educator. Dr. Flora earned his M.A. in Education from San Jose State, and then obtained his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership as part of the first doctoral cohort from San Jose State.
Dr. Flora enjoys spending time with his family, watching his daughters play sports (soccer and softball), and getting out to play golf whenever possible.
Juan Gonzalez is incredibly excited to be a part of the founding team at MacDonald High School. He will be the Academic Counselor for our first class of incoming freshmen. Prior to MHS, Mr. Gonzalez served as a Dean of Students and an Assistant Principal at Del Mar High School. During his 16 years at Del Mar, Mr. Gonzalez’s empathy-driven approach to discipline and behavior-management, including staff-student mediation, and restorative practices had a tremendous positive impact on the culture of the school. He hopes to build on those same strategies to develop a caring, collaborative community at MHS. Prior to Del Mar, Mr. Gonzalez has served as a counselor at Yerba Buena, San Jose High, Willow Glen, and Westmont High Schools.
A first generation student, Mr. Gonzalez looks back to the many educators who guided and supported him throughout his youth and hopes to provide the same kind of nurturing experiences and inspiration to the youth at MHS to reach their full potential and contribute positively to our society.
An East San Jose native who is happily married to Haydee Gonzalez, Mr. Gonzalez enjoys spending time with his three children and extended family.