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Recommendation for new principal, assigned to TeWinkle Intermediate School

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Recommendation for new principal, assigned to TeWinkle Intermediate School


Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Dipali Potnis as principal of TeWinkle Intermediate School. Dr. Potnis is known for her strong instructional leadership, ability to create meaningful relationships, and fostering a welcoming school culture.


Dr. Potnis most recently served as assistant principal of Dana Hills High School and prior to that as activities director for San Clemente High School, both in the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD). She has served as a middle and elementary school teacher, as well as an instructional coach, within the Los Angeles Unified School District.


While serving as an assistant principal in the CUSD, some of Dr. Potnis’ responsibilities included the design and implementation of instructional goals and curriculum development, coordination of interventions for both the academic and behavioral success of students, and management of student discipline, among other responsibilities. She places a strong focus on proven instructional strategies, differentiated instruction for the success of all students, and data driven solutions.


Though she has a strong instructional background, Dr. Potnis also is known for her ability to build collaborative relationships among staff and parent communities to jointly build a positive school culture that students are excited to be a part of.


“I look forward to collaborating with staff and empowering each other to inspire students to achieve success,” said Dr. Dipali Potnis.


Dr. Potnis is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she obtained a doctorate degree in education and the University of California, Riverside, where she obtained a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in political science.


Dr. Potnis’ appointment is scheduled for Board of Education approval at the October 24, 2017 Board of Education meeting.



Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District Published:10/23/17
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